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WGS F5 (USA 243)

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WGS F5 (USA 243) is classified as:


NORAD ID: 39168
Int'l Code: 2013-024A
Perigee: 35,793.2 km
Apogee: 35,794.3 km
Inclination: 0.0 °
Period: 1,436.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 42164 km
RCS: 0.2102 m2 (medium)
Launch date: May 25, 2013
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE EASTERN TEST RANGE (AFETR)

WGS F5 (USA 243) is the fifth in a major program to upgrade to the military's main communications infrastructure, replacing the aging Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) spacecraft. Each WGS has 10 times the capacity of a DSCS satellite, allowing users to process and receive data quicker than ever before. The craft's communications package provides shaped, steerable spotbeams of bandwidth wherever requested across its field-of-view for X- and Ka-band frequencies, plus the onboard capability to switch signals from one band to the other.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 39168U 13024A   21101.86727687 -.00000292  00000-0  00000+0 0  9996
2 39168   0.0099 218.8272 0000129 145.5598  95.5950  1.00271806 28857
Source of the keplerian elements: McCants