A Delta IV launched into space on Wednesday evening from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rocket was carrying a wideband communications satellite.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Delta IV has a satellite that will help the Wideband Global SATCOM–a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Australian government–to increase the communications capabilities of Canada, the U.S., and Australia.
“The WGS-6 satellite will provide the US military forces and international partners with enhanced communication capabilities and increased coverage,” said the Air Force in a statement.
The Sentinel pointed out that it was the 23rd Delta IV launch since 2002.
“These satellites provide tremendous operational flexibility,” Dave Madden, the head of military satellite communications with the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, told Reuters.
“A Navy ship can be operating in X-band … and communicate with someone else operating with a Ka-band terminal, and vice-versa. The satellite does that conversion for them. That way we can cross-talk across the services and across capabilities,” he added.