Friday, July 19, 2013

Video: Atlas rocket lifts Navy satellite into orbit

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the second Mobile User Objective System satellite (MUOS-2) for the U.S. Navy was launched from Space Launch Complex-41 on Friday.

This is ULA's sixth launch of an aggressive 12 mission schedule for the year and the 72nd ULA mission since its formation in 2006.

MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve beyond-line-of-sight communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users 10 times more communications capacity over the existing system by leveraging 3G mobile communications technology, and will provide simultaneous voice and data capability.

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