United Launch Alliance Atlas V Launch Scheduled For Aug. 31

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from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 will launch the U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite on Aug. 31 at 4:07 a.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 will launch the U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite on Aug. 31 at 4:07 a.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (NASA Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 will launch the U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite on Aug. 31 at 4:07 a.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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

MUOS will provide new beyond-line-of-sight secure communications capabilities, with smartphone-like simultaneous voice, video and data – to connect military users almost anywhere around the globe.

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MUOS-4 will mark the 56th Atlas V since the vehicle’s inaugural launch in August 2002 and the sixth in the 551 configuration.

Previous missions launched on Atlas V 551 missions include three MUOS missions as well as the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Juno mission to Jupiter.

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