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Ready to Go: Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS-5 Secure Communications Satellite Encapsulated for June 24 Launch

MUOS-5 Completes Constellation for U.S. Navy’s New Network

PR Newswire

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., June 14, 2016
/PRNewswire/ — The fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)
satellite built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated in its protective launch vehicle fairing on
June 4. It is scheduled to launch June 24 aboard a United Launch
Alliance Atlas V
rocket.

MUOS-5 satellite images can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/hjpchzn

MUOS-5 is the latest addition to a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure
communications for mobile military forces. Users with MUOS terminals will be able to seamlessly connect beyond line-of-sight
around the world and into the Global Information Grid. MUOS’ capabilities include simultaneous, crystal-clear voice, video and mission data over a secure high-speed
Internet Protocol-based system.

“Like its predecessors, MUOS-5 has two payloads to support both these new Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA)
waveform capabilities, as well as the legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite system, used by many mobile forces today,” said
Mark Woempner, program director of Lockheed Martin’s Narrowband Communications mission area. “On
orbit, MUOS-5 will augment the constellation as a WCDMA spare, while actively supporting the legacy UHF system.”

The MUOS-5 satellite joins four MUOS satellites already on orbit and four operational ground stations, providing near-global
coverage including communications deep into polar regions. More than 55,000 currently fielded radio terminals can be upgraded to
be MUOS-compatible, with many of them requiring just a software upgrade.

Once fully operational, MUOS will provide users with 16 times more communications capacity than the legacy system it will
eventually replace. 

Lockheed Martin manufactured MUOS-5 at its Sunnyvale, California facility. In March, the
satellite shipped to the Cape, where it was pre-launch processed and finally encapsulated at Astrotech
Space Operations
, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.

The Navy’s
Program Executive Office for Space Systems
and its Communications Satellite Program Office, San
Diego, California
, are responsible for the MUOS program.

For additional information, photos and video visit: www.lockheedmartin.com/muos

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs approximately 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Media Contact:

Chip Eschenfelder, +1 303-977-8375; chip.eschenfelder@lmco.com

 

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SOURCE Lockheed Martin



Updated: June 14, 2016 — 3:35 pm
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