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Harris Mesh Reflectors Deployed on Navy’s 4th MUOS Satellite; Bill Gattle Comments

Harris Mesh Reflectors Deployed on Navy's 4th MUOS Satellite; Bill Gattle Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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MUOS-satelliteA pair of Harris-made satellite mesh antenna reflectors have deployed onboard a fourth Mobile User Objective System communications satellite that Lockheed Martin has built for the U.S. military.

Harris said Wednesday it designed the unfurlable reflector technology for the five-satellite MUOS constellation, run by the U.S. Navy, to deliver up to 16 times more network capacity to mobile troops globally.

“We remain committed to meeting the needs of the MUOS program, which will ensure that our warfighters have the most advanced communications technology,” said Bill Gattle, president of Harris’ space and intelligence systems business.

The Navy launched MUOS-4 in September.

Each MUOS satellite employs a 14-meter reflector intended to facilitate multibeam satcom operations and a 5.4-meter platform to support legacy operations, according to the company.

The company said it is also developing radio terminals for the satellite’s end users.

Harris’ Falcon III AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-158 multiband tactical manpack radios are also configurable to host the MUOS waveform technology.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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