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Navy Next Generation Communications Satellite Launch Successful

The MUOS-3 satellite launched on Jan. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

The MUOS-3 satellite launched on Jan. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

A Navy next generation communication satellite successfully rode an Atlas V rocket into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. on Tuesday, according to the service.

The Lockheed Martin Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite is the third of a planned constellation of five that promises to bring high-speed voice and data communications to the U.S. military.

“MUOS-3 launched at 8:04 p.m. EST aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and will transition over the next nine days to reach its geosynchronous orbit location 22,000 miles above the Earth,” read a press release from Lockheed Martin.
“The solar arrays and antennas will then be deployed, and on-orbit testing will start for subsequent turn-over to the Navy for test and commissioning to service.”

An undated Lockheed Martin artist representation of a MUOS satellite. Lockheed Martin Photo

An undated Lockheed Martin artist representation of a MUOS satellite. Lockheed Martin Photo

The $7.3 billion MUOS will replace the 1990s era Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) radios.

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Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.