Spawar Satellites Soars Into Orbit
By Gary Robbins4:04 p.m.Jan. 20, 2015
MUOS-3 satellite takes off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Tuesday evening. MUOS-3 satellite takes off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Tuesday evening. United Space Alliance
•A Navy telecommunications satellite that will expand the ability of U.S. forces to communicate in remote and austere environments was carried into orbit Tuesday by an Atlas V rocket that lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Lockheed Martin developed the MUOS-3 satellite for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (Spawar) in San Diego. Spawar — one of the region’s largest employers — specializes in connecting warfighters electronically throughout the world.
The Navy says the MUOS-3 — which weighs almost 7.5 tons — is the third of five satellites that will make up a system that’s will improve narrowband tactical communications.
Lockheed Martin said in a statement that, “The satellite constellation acts like a smartphone network in the sky providing secure mobile connectivity to previously unreachable areas. This launch will put a third satellite on orbit and expand the deployable coverage to more than three-quarters of the world.”
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