MUOS-5 supports legacy UHF comms

The US Navy´s Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC), the company said.

The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite´s on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to “fly” the satellite. In April, the Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), configured one of MUOS-5´s two communications payloads — its legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) payload — for testing.

The handover of this satellite to NAVSOC clears the final hurdle allowing for ARSTRAT to provide the payload´s final configurations to support the Navy´s legacy UHF satellite communications mission.

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