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Lockheed Transports MUOS-2 Satellite to U.S. Navy Base

LockheedLogoLockheed Martin Corp. has handed over to the U.S. Navy its second mobile communications satellite to commence site testing and delivery of the spacecraft to orbit.

The Bethesda, Md.-based contractor will install the Mobile User Objective System““2 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket for a July launch, Lockheed said Monday.

It transported the MUOS-2 from its facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., to Moffett Federal Airfield, where Travis Air Force Base's 60th Air Mobility Wing picked up and delivered the satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Iris Bombelyn, vice president of narrowband communications at Lockheed Martin, said the MUOS-2 would provide on-orbit military satellite communication for mobile users.

High-speed voice and data systems will provide global coverage via four spacecraft and one spare.

At Cape Canaveral, engineers will prepare for liftoff with post-delivery testing, fueling the propulsion system, docking the MUOS-2 aboard the rocket payload fairing and prelaunch testing.

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