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MUOS-5 Completes the US Navy’s Constellation

28 Jun 2016, 14:15 UTC
MUOS-5 Completes the US Navy’s Constellation
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Following an internal investigation on the first stage anomaly of the Atlas V used to launch Orbital ATK’s Cygnus CRS OA-6 mission in March 2016, United Launch Alliance cleared the launch vehicle to resume flight operations, starting with the U.S. Navy’s MUOS-5 mission. Originally scheduled for 5 May 2016, the investigation delayed the launch by roughly six weeks, with the MUOS-5 mission lifting off at 10:30am EDT on 24 June, 2016 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The Atlas V 551 launch vehicle, bearing the US Navy’s MUOS-5 satellite clears the launch umbilical tower at SLC-41. Photo credit: Michael Seeley / We Report Space
Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the Mobile User Objective System satellite constellation consists of four operational satellites, and one on-orbit spare, with MUOS-5 taking the role of the spare. All five MUOS satellites support both Wideband Code Division Multiple Access waveform communications as well was the legacy UHF satellite communications system previously in use by the US military. The goal of the MUOS system is to provide smart-phone like connectivity to US Forces deployed world-wide, including simultaneous voice, video and mission data shared on a high speed IP-based system.
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