May 5, 2017
The fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite recently achieved operational status for legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) communications. This achievement also marks the 15th year of Vector Planning & Services, Inc.’s (VPSI) engineering and program support services in support of Navy’s Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) programs.
Beginning in 2002, VPSI has provided systems engineering for the acquisition and sustainment of UHF Follow-On and MUOS satellites, for the MUOS ground system, and for the support of Navy leased commercial satellite services. VPSI engineers, analysts, and technical subject matter experts have conducted MILSATCOM requirements analyses, reviews, satellite validation and verification, launch support, and testing activities alongside our Government counterparts. MUOS provides ultra-high frequency narrow band communication to the warfighter delivering greater mobility, higher bit rates and improved operational availability.
Guided by VPSI’s Satellite Communications Program Manager, Wayne Mandak, VPSI today provides MUOS ground system engineering, technical, operation, and cybersecurity support for the MUOS system. The MUOS satellites are dual payload, with legacy UHF and the technology leading implementation of the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access, a cellular-like system to provide warfighters with expanded capacity, and on-the-move communications.
Tony Nufer, VPSI’s Western Region Director, said, “Achievement of this 15-year milestone has only been possible through the dedication of our employees working closely with the Navy program engineering and acquisition teams. VPSI’s forward-looking MILSATCOM experts are now focused on the future, offering paths to improved operation, sustainment, and, ultimately, enhancement and replacement of satellites and systems for spaced-based communications.”
VPSI salutes all of those who have worked diligently and with enthusiasm to reach this key program milestone. To you we say, Bravo Zulu!