The Navy launched their newest satellite today from Cape Canaveral! Did you watch the launch from the convenient comfort of your computer screen?
The MUOS – Mobile User Objective System – is an array of geosynchronous satellites being developed for the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to provide global satellite communications (SATCOM) narrowband connectivity for communications use by the United States and allies.
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 operational availability.
MUOS implementation is well underway following the successful launch of MUOS-1 in February 2012 and its acceptance for full operational use for legacy terminal users in November 2012.
MUOS adapts a commercial 3G Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) cellular technology with geosynchronous satellites to provide a new and more capable UHF military satellite communication system.
The MUOS program includes a satellite constellation of four operational satellites plus one on-orbit spare, a ground control and network management system and the new WCDMA waveform for user terminals. The infrastructure to both fly the satellites and control access of user communications is managed from the ground.
MUOS will provide greater than 10 times the communications capacity compared to the current UHF constellation.
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