A new U.S. Navy communications satellite, which launched in late June, experienced a difficulty on its way to its geosynchronous orbit and has been delayed, a Navy official says. The fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite experienced a failure of the orbit raising propulsion system during a transfer maneuver five days after its June 24 launch, says Steven A. Davis, a spokesman with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.
The U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite is talking from space to the satellite control team at the Naval Spacecraft Operations Control facility after its Florida launch this morning. MUOS-4 will enable near-global coverage for a new secure military communications network offering enhanced capabilities for mobile forces.
Rockwell Collins Inc. Government Systems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded $6,808,144 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0033 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0018) for an updated hardware design for a low noise amplifier/triplexer and high power amplifier to support evolving ultra high frequency beyond line-of-sight capability, including Mobile User Objective System interoperability in the Airborne Radio Communication-210. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed in December 2016.
General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded a $13,331,955 cost-plus-fixed-fee incrementally funded contract to support the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) software load line (Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) with updated waveform, HMS MUOS Terminal (HMT) (hardware & software), on site field support representatives and personnel training. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2015. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $12,701,995 are being obligated at the time of the award.
United Launch Services LLC, Littleton, Colorado, is being awarded a $398 million firm-fixed-price contract for Atlas V EELV launch service in support of a Mobile User Objective System-4 mission and Delta IV EELV launch service in support of a Global Positioning System mission. Space and Misssile Systems Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.