Navy launches New Communications Satellite

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
The Navy has launched a new communications satellite after two weather-related scrubs last week.

This artist concept provided by NASA shows the rocket design, called the Space Launch System. The design for NASA's newest behemoth of a rocket harkens back to the giant workhorse liquid rockets that propelled men to the moon. But this time the destinations will be much farther and the rocket even more powerful. (AP Photo/NASA)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The Navy has launched a new
communications satellite after two weather-related scrubs last
week.

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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