by 45th Space Wing
9/2/2015 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The
U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing helped successfully launch the fourth
Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite aboard a United Launch
Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 40, at 6:18 a.m. EDT, Sept.
"Here at the 45th we measure success one launch at a time," said Brig.
Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th SW commander. "With this being my first launch
as the 45th SW Commander, I can tell you the road to achieving that
success is no small task. It takes a blended team of military, civilian
and contracted professionals driving toward the same objective of
getting that rocket into space. I am proud of the hard work our team put
into today's launch and it goes without saying that there's nothing
more exciting than being a part of a team that provides assured access
to space...that's our charge. We did it today, we'll do it tomorrow and
there's nothing quite like it. Great work team."
The U.S. Navy-delivered MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical
satellite communications system, built by Lockheed Martin, designed to
significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move.
The system will undergo Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation
beginning this December and will achieve Full Operational Capability in
According to the U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office,
MUOS works like a smartphone network in space, vastly improving secure
satellite communications for mobile U.S. forces. MUOS provides users a
global, on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and
receive high-quality voice and mission data on a high-speed Internet
"Delivery of this fourth satellite for the U.S. Navy completes the
initial MUOS constellation and provides near-global coverage for the
network," said Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Narrowband
Communications at Lockheed Martin. "For our mobile forces, that means
for the first time they will be able to have secure, high-fidelity voice
conversations, networked team calls and data exchange, including video,
with anyone around the world connected with a MUOS terminal."
MUOS is supported by the Army's Project Manager for Tactical Radios.
According to the U.S. Army, MUOS will use Earth-orbiting satellites as
the equivalent of cell phone towers in space and will connect U.S.
forces on ships, in submarines, aircraft, and vehicles. It provides the
vital link between troops in advanced positions or remote areas and the
rest of the Department of Defense military global network.
Prior to the successful launch of MUOS-4, the 45th SW supported the
MUOS-1, MUOS-2 and MUOS-3 launch respectively in 2012, 2013 and 2015
from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla.
Eastern Range instrumentation provides radar tracking, telemetry,
communications, command/control sites, camera and optical sites, and
other support capabilities such as meteorology. Instrumentation is
necessary to safely and successfully conduct civil, commercial, and
national security spacelift operations and ballistic missile tests and
evaluation. Eastern Range assets are based on dependable designs and
technology and are arrayed in a highly efficient architecture designed
to ensure safety of the launch environment and the public at large.