VIDEO: United Launch Alliance Launch Set For Jan. 20

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Launch SET FOR TUESDAY, JAN. 20

ABOVE VIDEO: The U.S. Navy’s third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-3) satellite, encapsulated inside a 5-meter diameter payload fairing, is mated to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster in preparation for launch from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Launch Window is from 7:42 p.m. to 8:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – The U.S. Navy’s third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-3) satellite, encapsulated inside a 5-meter diameter payload fairing, is mated to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster in preparation for launch from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The Launch Window is from 7:42 p.m. to 8:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Now a critical element of U.S. national security, military satellite communications delivers vital connectivity to armed forces around the globe, making warfighters safer and more effective.

The U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move.

MUOS will provide military users more communications capability over existing systems, including simultaneous voice, video and data – similar to the capabilities experienced today with smart phones.

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MUOS satellites are equipped with a Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) payload that provides a 16-fold increase in transmission throughput over the current Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite system.

Each MUOS satellite also includes a legacy UHF payload that is fully compatible with the current UHF Follow-on system and legacy terminals. This dual-payload design ensures a smooth transition to the cutting-edge WCDMA technology while the UFO system is phased out.


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