Lockheed MartinÂ has turned over aÂ third Mobile User ObjectiveÂ System satellite to the U.S. Navy after the company completed on-orbit testing onÂ the spacecraft.
MUOS-3 is part of a network of satellites and relay ground stations designed to provide secure mobile communications to military users, Lockheed Martin said Wednesday.
â€œThis latest satellite will expand the MUOS networkâ€™s coverage over more than three-quarters of the globe, including significantly more coverage north and south than the current legacy voice-only system,â€ said Iris Bombelyn, Lockheedâ€™s vice president for narrowband communications.
Lockheed unveiled MUOS-3 in Jan. 20.
MUOS-3 has been transferred to its on-orbit slot as the Navy prepares for operational acceptance of the satellite.