MUOS-2 Launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
July 19, 2013
MUOS is the next generation narrowband military satellite communication system that supports a worldwide, multi-Service population of users in the ultra-high frequency band. The system provides increased communications capabilities to newer, smaller terminals while still supporting interoperability with legacy terminals. MUOS is designed to support users that require greater mobility, higher data rates and improved operational availability.
MUOS implementation is well underway following the successful launch of MUOS-1 in February 2012 and its acceptance for full operational use for legacy terminal users in November 2012.
MUOS adapts a commercial 3G Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) cellular technology with geosynchronous satellites to provide a new and more capable UHF military satellite communication system.
The MUOS program includes a satellite constellation of four operational satellites plus one on-orbit spare, a ground control and network management system and the new WCDMA waveform for user terminals. The infrastructure to both fly the satellites and control access of user communications is managed from the ground.
MUOS will provide greater than 10 times the communications capacity compared to the current UHF constellation.
Below you will find MUOS video links, imagery and related coverage.
Dish Lift at Naval Radio Transmitter Facility, Niscemi, Sicily (January 2014)
Satellite dishes are installed at the MUOS ground site at NRTF Niscemi. MUOS ground stations relay voice and high-speed data signals for mobile users worldwide. Three other MUOS ground stations in Chesapeake, Va., Wahiawa, Hawaii and Geraldton, Australia are operational.
MUOS-2 Launch (July 19, 2013)
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 with the Navy's MUOS-2 satellite. Photos courtesy of United Launch Alliance.
MUOS-2 Roll-Out (July 17, 2013)
In preparation for launch, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Navy's MUOS-2 satellite is transported from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41. Photos courtesy of United Launch Alliance.