The widespread application of satellites has boosted the growth of space industry and the number of these applications is increasing with the passing time. Now, to improve secure communications, especially in the defense sector, ultra high frequency (UHF) is being used, for which narrowband communications satellites, called Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), are being developed. This satellite supports a worldwide, multi-service population which falls under the UHF band. MOUS is being developed by Lockheed Martin to provide improved and secured communication to its armed forces, serving the United States Department of Defense.
Latest Development in the Space Industry:
The U.S. invested around $7 billion in the space-based systems in 2016 and is expected to invest $8 billion by 2020, owing to the growing threats from Russia and China. With the launch of MUOS-5 in 2016, and successful completion of on-orbit testing in January 2017, the troops using UHF communications system are now receiving secure communication.
MUOS-5 provides next generation communication capabilities to the troops on the ground, as well as allows users to connect beyond line-of-sight around the world into the Global Information Grid and Defense Switched Network, and access to crystal-clear voice, video, and data transmissions using a secure high-speed internet connection. MUOS-5 is designed with two communications payload, to facilitate the transition of narrowband UHF to next generation Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) capabilities.
The number of satellites launched between 2010 and 2014 is over 200 and the trend has continued with the launch of multiple nanosatellites by various countries. This number has been influenced by the rising demand for mobile satellite services, the emergence of new satellite operators, and the growing number of commercial satellite orders.
Types of Payload in MUOS:
Each satellite is equipped with different payloads and MUOS consists of space segment and ground segment. The space segment of MUOS includes satellites in space, which further contains the bus and a communication payload. Further, a modern satellite bus includes thermal, structural, attitude control, power, propulsion and telemetry, tracking and command subsystems (TT&C). The ground segment of MUOS includes ground stations, communication devices, and control facilities. The space segment is providing ample opportunities for a number of players in the market, including the payload, subsystems manufacturers as well as the system integrator, as U.S. allies are working on the development of sixth MUOS satellite.
Advantage MUOS brings for U.S. Allies:
The allied nations who share intelligence and satellite services with the U.S. and have an agreement with the U.S. for the acquisition of Joint Strike Fighters will have the privilege to access the MUOS WCDMA capability first. The allied nations which can benefit from the MUOS are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
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