CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The Navy has launched a new
communications satellite after two weather-related scrubs last
An Atlas V rocket carrying the Mobile User Objective System
(MUOS) satellite launched from Cape Canaveral at 5:15 p.m. Friday.
The $2.1 billion narrowband tactical satellite communications
system was built by Lockheed Martin and is designed to improve
ground communications with mobile ground forces.
It's the first of five that will replace the current Ultra High
Frequency Follow-On (UFO) system. MUOS is designed to move 10 times more information than the existing systems. The communications will use voice, video and data simultaneously using 3G technology.
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