Flexible satellites for government and commercial operators

            Boeing builds adaptable satellites to meet changing business cases and fulfill even the most demanding missions. We’re well into our sixth decade of providing advanced space and communications systems for military, commercial and scientific uses. Boeing satellites reliably deliver digital communications, mobile communications, broadband internet connectivity, telephone calls, television programming and direct-to-home entertainment around the world.

            Our flagship satellite model, the Boeing 702, is a powerful, scalable product line offering flexible designs that can operate in the geosynchronous, medium-Earth or low-Earth orbital planes. More than 50 have been launched to date. Our newest version is the 702X. Read more about it here.

            Commercial Satellites

            Commercial satellites

            Building the Future of Connectivity Together

            Boeing Commercial Satellites designs and sells communications satellites and payloads for commercial telecommunications, broadband, scientific and environmental applications. Boeing-built spacecraft routinely relay digital communications, mobile communications, internet connectivity, telephone calls, video conferences, television programming and direct-to-home entertainment.

            Programs include O3b mPOWER, a seven-satellite constellation that will provide high-performance data communications coverage to the “other three billion” people around the world without internet access and cover an area of nearly 155 million square miles, four-fifths of the earth’s surface; and JCSAT-18/Kacific1, a single satellite with two distinct payloads that will improve mobile and broadband services in the Asia-Pacific region and provide high-speed broadband internet to more than 25 countries in South East Asia and the Pacific.

            Satellite Services

            Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (BCSS) delivers satellite communications to our partners operating on land, sea, and in air. We offer secure, scalable, military-grade solutions that are flexible and responsive to demanding, dynamic mission needs.

              Government Satellites

              Government satellites

              Protecting What Matters

              Boeing Government Satellite Systems delivers the company’s major satellite and ground solutions for military and civil communications, intelligence, national defense and other classified programs.  

              Programs include the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system comprising the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest-capacity military communications satellites; Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF block of satellites, which are now providing advanced navigation services to modernize the constellation; and six NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellites. Boeing also provided the Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system, the only space-based sensor in the U.S. Air Force Space Surveillance Network with the ability to detect distant space objects regardless of weather, atmosphere or time of day.

              These systems supply communications and position, navigation and timing technology for domestic and international customers and meet many of the military and civil space system requirements of the U.S. government.

              In addition, Boeing is the prime contractor for the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, the newest and most advanced unmanned re-entry spacecraft used by the U.S. Air Force to perform risk-reduction and experimentation for reusable space vehicle technologies.


                News Releases

                Feature Stories

                The Flight Before the Launch

                The Flight Before the Launch

                March 16, 2017 in Space, Defense

                Watch One Boeing at work as a C-17 Globemaster shuttles a WGS satellite from California to Florida prior to a launch into space on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket.

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                The Military Satellite That Avoids Jams and Secures Comms

                The Military Satellite That Avoids Jams and Secures Comms

                November 14, 2016 in Innovation, Space

                Wideband Global SATCOM is the backbone of the US military's communications. With software upgrades for higher bandwidth and powerful anti-jamming, they're more resilient than ever before.

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                702SP Satellite

                Stacked Satellites Tested for the Rigors of Space

                January 26, 2015 in Space

                New product line, new patent: Boeing completes first-ever stack and test of the world’s first all-electric propulsion satellites.

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                TDRS-L Transport at LAX

                A Satellite's Journey Coast to Coast

                December 12, 2013 in Space

                The second of three Tracking and Data Relay Satellites moves out of Boeing’s satellite factory in El Segundo, Calif., bound for Cape Canaveral, Fla., in preparation for launch.

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                Small Satellites, Big Future

                April 8, 2013 in Space

                Boeing is developing a family of small satellite prototypes that can quickly and affordably be manufactured and configured.

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                GPS IIF

                4th Boeing GPS IIF Space Vehicle Arrives at Florida Launch Site

                February 28, 2013 in Space

                GPS satellites circle Earth at a distance of 11,000 nautical miles. But one of the most important steps they take can be measured in single numbers.

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                Building A Better GPS

                January 10, 2013 in Space

                As the number of GPS devices increases globally, so does our dependence on GPS, but satellites wear out. Bringing innovations from their airplane assembly lines to GPS production, Boeing is helping to make GPS service available wherever, whenever you need it.

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                Boeing has had more than 50 customers in 20 countries for its satellite programs. Corporations and countries have invested in the 702 family’s capabilities, fitting each satellite with the modular components that they need to turn a profit or keep the warfighter safe and informed on the battlefield.

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