Team On Track for Feb. 16 Inaugural Launch of U.S. Navy
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., February 1, 2012 -
Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, built by
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], was encapsulated into its
payload fairing January 29 in preparation for a February 16
liftoff aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
The MUOS spacecraft is the first in the next-generation
narrowband tactical satellite communications system that
will replace the legacy Ultra High Frequency Follow-On
system. Offering enhanced capabilities to the mobile
warfighter, MUOS will provide 10 times greater
communications capacity than the legacy system.
MUOS consists of five geostationary earth orbit (GEO)
satellites-one an on-orbit spare-and a terrestrial network
connecting four ground stations around the world.
Each satellite features dual payloads that upgrade military
users to the MUOS wideband code division multiple access
(WCDMA) system while enabling concurrent operations for
existing legacy users. Utilizing commercial 3G cell phone
and satellite technology, MUOS will provide mobile
warfighters point-to-point and netted communications
services at enhanced data rates and priority-based access
to on-demand voice, video and data transfers.
Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems is
responsible for the MUOS program. Lockheed Martin Space
Systems Company is the MUOS prime contractor and lead
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global
security company that employs about 123,000 people
worldwide and is principally engaged in the research,
design, development, manufacture, integration and
sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and
services. The Corporation's net sales for 2011 were