The US Navy’s fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite was launched on 24 June from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. MUOS-5 is an on-orbit spare and the final satellite in the five-satellite MUOS constellation. Later the same day it was reported that the satellite was successfully responding to commands from a Navy and Lockheed Martin team operating MUOS-5 from the Naval Satellite Operations Center, Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California.
MUOS is an Internet Protocol-based system designed to provide improved
communications capabilities to users around the world, regardless of where they
are in relation to a satellite, and will provide, it is reported, greater than ten times the bandwidth capacity compared with the current UHF constellation.