Navy Explores Options to Continue MUOS-5 Satellite Transfer Process

MUOS-satelliteThe U.S. Navy will consider alternate orbit adjustment options, calculate mission impact and investigate options to address a propulsion system failure that occurred on the service branch’s communications satellite launch, Space News reported Tuesday.

Mike Gruss writes the fifth Lockheed Martin-developed Mobile User Objective System has not transferred to geosynchronous orbit as a result of a orbit raising propulsion system failure on day five of a 10-day climb to push the satellite from its initial elliptical launch orbit.

MUOS-5 lifted off June 24 via a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket to act as an on-orbit spare system to provide smartphone-like communications to mobile forces at a faster rate than the Navy’s legacy satellites.

The service branch halted the transfer process to its geosynchronous Earth orbit test facility in July because of the discovered anomaly.

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