Lockheed Martin has built a software waveform for a U.S. Navy-run satellite communications system aimed at helping remote and mobile users exchange voice, video and data.
The company said it built the commercial waveform to work with the Mobile User Objective System, for which the company is contracted to build five satellites and a ground control station.
Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Lockheed’s narrowband communications mission area, said the company’s government and commercial partners are deploying new communications systems for remote and mobile users.
The first MUOS satellite and associated ground system is currently providing users initial on-orbit service and the second satellite is scheduled for launch in July 2013.
After that launch, on-orbit testing and checkout will occur followed by manpack certification of the terminal.
The U.S. government is releasing the waveform for military SATCOM terminal providers through the Joint Tactical Networking Center’s information repository and for contractors to integrate the waveform onto MUOS terminals.