Lockheed Martin communications satellite encapsulated for June 24 launch

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) fifth mobile user objective system (MUOS) satellite, built for the US Navy, has been encapsulated in its protective launch vehicle and is scheduled to launch June 24 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, the company said.

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 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.

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 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.