Spawar Satellites Soars Into Orbit: Will Expand Navy’s Ability To Communicate

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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