Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, California, is awarded an $112,747,940 cost-plus-award-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) space segment sustainment. Work will be performed in Littleton, Colorado (54%); Sunnyvale, California (42%); San Diego, California (1%); Point Mugu, California (1%); El Segundo, California (1%); and Scottsdale, Arizona (1%). MUOS is a narrowband military satellite communications system that supports a worldwide, multiservice population of users, providing modern net-centric communications capabilities while supporting legacy terminals. Work is expected to be complete by March 2030.
As the components of the celestial network that ties commanders to troops enter into middle age and in many cases retirement, the U.S. Defense Department must take quick action to protect warfighters’ safety and homeland security. The challenge military leaders and procurement officers face is the urgency of the need. After all, communications satellites aren’t cellphones or drones and can’t be bought at the local tech store. Instead, meeting U.S. military communications capabilities needs by 2025 will require changing the location of a satellite already in orbit.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, California, was awarded a $92,839,119 modification to increase the total ceiling to the previously awarded Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) cost-plus-award fee contract (N00039-04-C-2009) for engineering services, interim logistics services, spares and associated material. MUOS is a narrowband military satellite communication system that supports a worldwide, multiservice population of users, providing modern netcentric communications capabilities while supporting legacy terminals. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona (90 percent); and Sunnyvale, California (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2020.
The U.S. Navy announced today that U.S. Strategic Command has approved the service’s next-generation narrowband satellite communication system for expanded operational use. The authorization paves the way for Navy and Marine Corps “early-adopter” commands to use the system on deployment as early as this fall, primarily in the Pacific theater, according to the written announcement. The Navy's on-orbit, five-satellite constellation—the Mobile User Objective System, or MUOS—began providing legacy satellite communications shortly after the system’s first satellite launch in 2012.
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.