Release Number: 010713
7/19/2013 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The
U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing successfully launched the second
Mobile User Objective System satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, for
the U.S. Navy at 9 a.m. July 19 here.
The United Launch Alliance built Atlas V rocket will fly in the 5-5-1
vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket
boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.
MUOS is the next generation narrowband military satellite communication
system that supports a worldwide, multi-service population of users in
the ultra-high frequency band. The system provides increased
communications capabilities to smaller terminals while still supporting
interoperability with legacy terminals. MUOS is designed to support
users that require greater mobility, higher data rates and improved
MUOS is a space communications system that uses commercial 3G cell phone
technology to provide voice, data and video services to military troops
on the move.
MUOS will provide greater than 10 times the communications capacity compared to the current UHF constellation.
Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, who assumed command of the 45th Space Wing June
12, served as the Launch Decision Authority for the first time here on
the Eastern Range.
She is proud of the way the entire team came together to ensure another successful mission.
"Once again, the 45th Space Wing is partnering to provide the most
versatile, valuable and sophisticated technology to our war fighters,"
she said. "Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and
dedication to this very important mission."