August 26, 2008

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies has installed three 18.4-meter satellite antennas on 53-foot-tall pedestals in Wahiawa, Hawaii, as part of the new Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), the U.S. military's next-generation narrowband global mobile satellite communications system.

Referred to as "The Big Lift," the installation of the three, 18.4 meter reflectors on their pedestals will provide Ka-band Earth Terminal support to MUOS from Wahiawa. The Wahiawa ground station is the first of four ground sites that will be equipped with MUOS antennas and communication management systems. The other MUOS ground stations will be located in Norfolk, Va.; Geraldton, Australia; and Niscemi, Italy.

The antennas, pedestals and other elements of the Earth Stations are designed and built by SATCOM Technologies business units in San Jose, California, Mexia, Kilgore and Richardson, Texas. The work is in support of General Dynamics C4 Systems National Systems Division, NSD.

The U.S. Navy's MUOS system will provide cell phone-like services to mobile warfighters around the globe. NSD, under contract to MUOS prime contractor Lockheed Martin, has overall responsibility for the ground segment of the program. The ground segment provides the "base station" to the satellites which act as "cell towers." When fully deployed, the system will enable users to communicate virtually anywhere in the world whether on land, sea or air.

The first MUOS satellite is scheduled for on-orbit hand-over to the U.S. Navy in 2010 along with the associated ground system.

Brad Majeres, General Manager of SATCOM Technologies Systems, said, "The MUOS earth terminals use SATCOM Technologies' state-of-the-art Ka-Band antenna design and our highly accurate auto-tracking software to meet system performance and availability. The "Big Lift" installation milestone gives us an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the design and installation engineering and 'on-the-ground' skills required to make these large ground stations operational. Congratulations to our San Jose, Mexia, Kilgore and Richardson teams."


For more information on General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies earth stations contact Joe Duller, General Manager, SATCOM Technologies San Jose, California facility, at +1-408-232-1622 or via e-mail at

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