United Launch Alliance’s Altas V has launched at the third attempt on Friday at 5:15pm Eastern, lofting the first of five U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). The successful mission also marked the 200th launch of a Centaur upper stage.
The MUOS-1 satellite will ensure continued mission capability of the existing Ultra-High Frequency Satellite Communications (UHF SATCOM) system, and represents deployment of the first satellite in the next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system which will provide significantly improved and assured communications for the mobile warfighter.
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