Harris SATCOM antennas in operation

April 18, 2012 at 6:54 AM
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COLORADO SPRINGS, April 18 (UPI) -- Harris Corp. mesh antenna reflectors were successfully deployed on the U.S. military's latest satellite for narrowband tactical communications.

The Mobile User Objective System satellite, which takes advantage of the latest cellular and satellite technology, was built by Lockheed Martin and gives U.S. military forces faster communications capabilities -- including priority-based access to on-demand voice, video and data transfers.

"We are working closely with Lockheed Martin and the Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office as the first MUOS satellite begins operation," said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. "These antenna reflectors embody our commitment to placing the most advanced communications technology in the hands of our warfighters."

The unfurlable antennas -- each with a diameter of about 14 yards -- increase the number of users of the communications satellite. The reflectors are secured to the satellite by precision booms.

Harris supplied two antennas for the MUOS, which is the first of five that will be in orbit.

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