PEO Space Systems acquires, develops, integrates, tests, launches and provides operational support for reliable, affordable and effective space systems for Defense Department and U.S. agencies that enable naval, joint and coalition operations. PEO Space Systems coordinates all Department of the Navy space research, development and acquisition activities.
Headquartered in San Diego, the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems is an Echelon II acquisition organization chartered by the Secretary of the Navy as the sole executive agent to develop, deploy, sustain, provide engineering support and influence space-based capabilities for naval, joint and allied operations. This includes advanced UHF narrowband communication satellites and associated ground systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, weather systems and space related science and technology efforts. PMW 146 reports to the Navy’s PEO Space Systems on the Navy’s MUOS and UHF Follow-On (UFO) programs. PEO Space Systems reports directly to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition.
Acquire, deploy, sustain, and influence space-based capabilities for Naval, Joint and Allied operations
Integrated Naval information warfare from space
1. Deliver the warfighting capability of MUOS. Establish streamlined processes that facilitate MUOS certification, implementation and integration speeding the delivery of capability to the warfighter.
2. Develop and execute a strategy to transition from MUOS to our next narrowband SATCOM acquisition. Identify stakeholder acquisition needs, conduct an analysis of alternatives and manage cost and budget requirements to ensure we successfully manage the transition from MUOS to the future of narrowband UHF space-based communications.
3. Identify and execute rapid introduction of space-based capabilities for our Navy. Coordinate with key program partners to improve existing capabilities, identify areas for future innovation, and incorporate emerging opportunities into the Navy space portfolio.
4. Optimize the development, resourcing and recognition of our workforce. Implement a comprehensive human capital plan, a structured training program, and an ongoing awards program to ensure the continued development of our Shipmates.
Navy In Space
The Navy, with its unique needs for communications at sea, has a rich and successful heritage in space that began in 1955 with the first American satellite program, Vanguard. In 1957, the Navy constructed the first complete satellite-launching facility at Cape Canaveral, Fla., where Vanguard I, the world’s longest orbiting satellite, was launched in 1958.
Although the Air Force oversees most DoD space system acquisition, the Navy is responsible for DoD UHF narrowband satellite communications. The UHF spectrum is the military’s communications workhorse for disadvantaged, tactical warfighters on the move, as it is the most effective SATCOM frequency for penetrating jungle foliage, inclement weather and urban terrain.