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This is the next Delta IV launch from Cape Canaveral's SLC-37B.

Launch window, as of this posting: January 23/24, 2019, 23:40-00:35 UTC = January 23, 2019, 6:40-7:35 pm EST

WGS-7, 8, 9, and 10 are the satellites in the WGS Block 2 follow-on contract.

From the Wideband Global SATCOM Backgrounder at:
http://www.boeing.com/resources/boeingdotcom/space/boeing_satellite_family/pdf/Bkgd_WGS.pdf
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The Wideband Digital Channelizer upgrade, which was awarded in June 2012, will be included on WGS-8 and beyond and will provide a 90 percent improvement in satellite bandwidth.
(The Backgrounder publishing date is November 2015, after the WGS-7 launch.)
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The satellite should be delivered soon?

Satellite     CCAFS Arrival Date                                           Launch (UTC)
WGS-4       11/14/2011                                                     1/20/2012
WGS-5       3/12/2013 "recently"                                        5/25/2013
WGS-6       5/17/2013 "recently"                                        8/8/2013
WGS-7       5/28/2015                                                       7/24/2015
WGS-8       10/12/2016 (via Space Coast Regional Airport)   12/7/2016
WGS-9       1/10/2017?                                                     3/18/2017

WGS-10     11/13/2018 (see YT video down-thread)
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Has any of the Delta IV hardware been delivered yet?
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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - January 23/24, 2019 (UTC)
« Reply #1 on: 11/13/2018 06:25 pm »
From the post with Starliner adapter unloading pictures (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43958.msg1875342#msg1875342), it looks like the first stage for WGS-10 was also being delivered on the Mariner.

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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - January 23/24, 2019 (UTC)
« Reply #2 on: 11/13/2018 07:01 pm »
From the post with Starliner adapter unloading pictures (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43958.msg1875342#msg1875342), it looks like the first stage for WGS-10 was also being delivered on the Mariner.
Cross-post of the image attached.
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I wonder if the DCSS was also aboard?
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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - January 23/24, 2019 (UTC)
« Reply #3 on: 12/13/2018 03:37 am »
WGS-10 satellite takes a ride to Cape Canaveral


Space and Missile Systems Center Los Angeles AFB
Published on Dec 12, 2018

Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) sends off it's 10th Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-10) to Cape Canaveral, Florida in preparation for its January 25, 2018 launch into orbit

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket will launch the WGS-10 mission on Friday, January 25, 2019. *

*Launch date and time is subject to change.

Produced by:
Walter Talens, SMC/PA
Music:
“Dreams” by Johan Lilja


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7uAbWnGA5E?t=001

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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - January 25, 2019 (UTC)
« Reply #5 on: 01/03/2019 12:06 am »
Next to last Delta 4 Medium?

 - Ed Kyle

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Next to last Delta 4 Medium?

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Right. The last Delta IV Medium will launch the second GPS-III satellite in the summer.
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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - February 2019 (UTC)
« Reply #8 on: 01/17/2019 04:04 pm »
Spaceflight Now moved it to March yesterday: https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - March 2019
« Reply #9 on: 01/18/2019 02:03 pm »
Steven Pietrobon today added March 19: http://www.sworld.com.au/steven/space/usmil-man.txt

Any confirmations?

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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - March 2019
« Reply #10 on: 01/18/2019 03:43 pm »
Steven Pietrobon today added March 19: http://www.sworld.com.au/steven/space/usmil-man.txt

Any confirmations?
It's actually March, 2019

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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - March 2019
« Reply #11 on: 01/19/2019 11:18 pm »
Oops, right.

rocketlaunch.live now says March 13: https://www.rocketlaunch.live/launch/wgs-10

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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - March 2019
« Reply #12 on: 01/20/2019 12:18 pm »

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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - (23:58 UTC) March 13, 2019
« Reply #14 on: 01/26/2019 07:21 am »
Cross-post:
http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.html
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The next Delta 4 launch from Cape Canaveral, a Delta 4 medium on its next to last flight, will launch
WGS-10 for the US Air Force on March 13 at 6:58pm EDT. The launch window stretches about an hour.
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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - (23:58 UTC) March 13, 2019
« Reply #15 on: 01/26/2019 05:46 pm »
« Last Edit: 01/26/2019 05:49 pm by SciNews »

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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - (22:58 UTC) March 13, 2019
« Reply #17 on: 03/04/2019 01:38 am »
According to DELTA IV ROCKET TRANSPORTED TO LAUNCH PAD FOR NEXT MISSION, dated Jan. 26 (see tweet up-thread), the combined 1st and 2nd stages were transported from the HIF to SLC-37B on Jan. 24.
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DELTA IV ROCKET RECEIVES ITS MILITARY PAYLOAD
Feb. 27, 2019 -- The U.S. Air Force’s tenth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) military communications satellite was hoisted aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket on Feb. 26 in final preparation for its journey into space.

The WGS-10 spacecraft, already encapsulated in the 47-foot-long composite payload fairing, was moved from its [Astrotech] processing facility to the seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-37 at a top speed never exceeding 5 mph. The payload was hauled by a motorized KAMAG Elevating Platform Transporter (EPT) that provided hydraulic leveling and precision positioning capabilities along the route. The EPT also towed a Portable Environmental Control System (PECS) trailer to supply conditioned air to the fairing during the trip.

Once parked in the hoistway on the backside of the Mobile Service Tower (MST), technicians used the crane system in the gantry to carefully lift the encapsulated satellite atop the Delta IV rocket’s second stage to complete a successful vertical integration of the launch vehicle and payload. The fully-assembled rocket now stands 218 feet tall.

A payload’s installation on the rocket signals a major milestone in the final launch campaign after years of diligent work by the spacecraft and launch vehicle production teams, engineers and specialists to prepare a new national asset to be boosted into orbit.

A tip-to-tail electrical test of the combined payload and launch vehicle will occur later this week, an operation known as the Integrated Systems Test (IST).

Once that is completed, the comprehensive review process to verify flight readiness will begin in parallel to final vehicle closeouts for the targeted March 13 launch.

(Astrotech mention from SFN article, dated March 2.)
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Also according to https://www.ulalaunch.com/missions/delta-iv-wgs-10
Launch window on March 13/14 UTC:
2258 - 0104 UTC = 6:58 - 9:04 p.m. March 13 EDT
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Any mission patch imagery yet?

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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - (22:58 UTC) March 13, 2019
« Reply #18 on: 03/04/2019 08:24 am »
Now that this information is no longer classified do we know which orbital slot this is going to?

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Re: Delta IV-M+(5,4) - WGS-10 - January 23/24, 2019 (UTC)
« Reply #19 on: 03/04/2019 09:34 pm »
From the post with Starliner adapter unloading pictures (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43958.msg1875342#msg1875342), it looks like the first stage for WGS-10 was also being delivered on the Mariner.
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I wonder if the DCSS was also aboard?

According to launch updates at https://www.ulalaunch.com/missions/delta-iv-wgs-10 , dated Jan. 26, 2019
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The common booster core first stage and the Delta Cryogenic Second Stage arrived in July, 2018 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station from our factory in Decatur, Alabama, sailing to Florida aboard the Mariner cargo vessel.
Delivery was earlier than first appeared!
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