United Launch Alliance’s unmanned Atlas V has lifted a final communications satellite into orbit for the Navy.
Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida came at 10:30 EDT on June 25.
With the launch, ULA now has put into orbit a total of five Mobile User Objective System satellites — all built by Lockheed Martin — to complete the next-gen military communications network. The MUOS satellite network offers an estimated 16 times more capacity than the previous military system for data and voice communications and will improve significantly ground communications capabilities among U.S. forces.
Centennial, Colo.-based ULA, a 50-50 joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, launched a reconnaissance satellite for the Air Force aboard a Boeing-designed Delta IV Heavy on June 11.
The Atlas V was designed and built by ULA.
Photo: United Launch Alliance