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Harris Mesh Antennas Unfurled Aboard MUOS

Two mesh antennas built by Harris Corp. were successfully unfurled aboard the U.S. Navy’s first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications satellite in March, the Melbourne, Fla.-based company said.

The satellite, the first in a planned constellation that will provide narrowband services to mobile U.S. forces, was launched in February aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The MUOS satellite prime contractor is Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Each MUOS satellite will carry two of the antenna reflectors, one with a 14-meter deployed diameter for multiple-beam operations and a 5.4-meter-diameter unit that works with gear from the legacy UHF Follow-On satellite system, Harris said in an April 7 press release. Harris is building four additional sets of the antennas.



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