The U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract option to Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems to complete the acquisition of the eighth Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) spacecraft. The $296 million option brings the total cost of satellite 8, including long lead parts, to $354 million, according to the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB. Satellite 8 is a part of the WGS Block II follow-on contract that covers satellites 7, 8 and 9. Production of WGS-8 began in August 2011 ...

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