The first of the U.S. Navy’s next-generation mobile, narrowband communications satellites has been turned over for operational use following in-orbit testing, though not all capabilities will be usable for months to come. Though the Lockheed Martin Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, launched Feb. 24, carries a new, 3G-like capability for soldiers, the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) payload is not in a fully operational design. The first satellite is ...

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