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Lockheed Martin: Fourth MUOS Communication Satellite Clears Launch- Simulation Test

August 7, 2014

Lockheed Martin on August 4 reported that the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite in the launch order is progressing in its final testing phase, having successfully cleared acoustic tests.

According to a release, this evaluation used sound waves to simulate vibrations the satellite will experience during launch. Now the satellite moves on to thermal vacuum testing, which is the last step in its environmental trials.

"MUOS-4 is showing all the benefits of learning curve and process improvements that we have implemented over time. To date, we have seen a 74 percent reduction in non-conformance defects and a 45 percent reduction in labor hours over our first build," said Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Narrowband Communications at Lockheed Martin.

The MUOS satellite will complete environmental and final system checkouts in the coming months, readying for launch in summer 2015.

Lockheed Martin is a security and aerospace company.

More information:

www.lockheedmartin.com

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