Two unfurlable mesh antenna reflectors developed by Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) have successfully deployed onboard the second mobile user objective system (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (NYSE: LMT).
The satellite launched July 19 from Cape Canaveral Florida onboard an Atlas V rocket. The announcement was made during MILCOM 2013 being held November 18-20 at the San Diego Convention Center.
MUOS will provide military users with 16 times more narrowband tactical satellite communications capability than existing UHF satellites, delivering superior data rates and access to on-demand voice, video and data. The MUOS satellite, developed for the US Navy, leverages the latest advances in cellular and satellite technology, while maintaining compatibility with legacy systems. This is the second of five MUOS satellites scheduled for deployment.
Harris is scheduled to build 10 reflectors for the MUOS constellation, two per satellite — a 14-meter diameter unit for multiple-beam operation that significantly increases the number of users and traffic the system can support and a 5.4-meter diameter unit for legacy operations. The gold mesh reflectors are secured to the satellite by Harris precision booms. The reflectors are manufactured at the company´s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Palm Bay, Florida.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Additional information about Harris Corp. is available at harris.com.
Lockheed Martin, a security and aerospace company, engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems and products for defense, civil, and commercial applications in the United States and internationally. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. The company´s website is at http://www.lockheedmartin.com.