Artist's impresson of a WGS satellite in orbit
Mission type Communications
Operator US Air Force
COSPAR ID 2009-017A
SATCAT № 34713
Mission duration 14 years
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type WGS Block I
Bus BSS-702
Manufacturer Boeing
Launch mass 5,987 kilograms (13,199 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 4 April 2009, 00:31:00 (2009-04-04T00:31Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Atlas V 421
Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-41
Contractor United Launch Alliance
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 60° east
Semi-major axis 42,164.31 kilometers (26,199.69 mi)
Eccentricity 0.0003615
Perigee 35,778 kilometers (22,231 mi)
Apogee 35,808 kilometers (22,250 mi)
Inclination 0.00 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 31 October 2013, 15:08:48 UTC[2]

USA-204, or Wideband Global Satcom 2 (WGS-2) is an American military communications satellite which is operated by the United States Air Force as part of the Wideband Global Satcom programme. Launched in 2009, it was the second WGS satellite to reach orbit, and operates in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 60° east.[3]

Built by Boeing, WGS-2 is based on the BSS-702 satellite bus. It had a mass at launch of 5,987 kilograms (13,199 lb), and was expected to operate for at least fourteen years. The spacecraft is equipped with two solar arrays to generate power for its communications payload, which consists of cross-band X and Ka band transponders. Propulsion is provided by an R-4D-15 apogee motor, with four XIPS-25 ion engines for stationkeeping.[4]

USA-204 was launched by United Launch Alliance, using an Atlas V 421 rocket. The launch occurred from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 00:31:00 UTC on 4 April 2009,[1] and successfully placed the satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit, from which the it raised itself into geostationary orbit using its onboard propulsion system. The satellite was designated USA-204 under the US military's designation system, and received the International Designator 2009-017A and Satellite Catalog Number 34713.[5][6]


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