Construction is about to begin on a major part of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System’s ground infrastructure. The Australian military says work is set to start in building MUOS facilities as part of the Australian Defence Satellite Communications Station (ADSCS) Geraldton.
MUOS is designed to provide communications to troops on the move, and is expected to be used by allies as well as Pentagon forces. The government-to-government agreement underpinning the MUOS infrastructure set-up in Australia was inked last year.
The facility will comprise three 18-meter satellite dishes, two smaller antennas, and three buildings, the Australian government says.
Meanwhile, the two close military partners are working on new areas to enhance cooperation to put meat on the agreement signed in February to look for ways to work more broadly together in the realm of milsatcom. The Australian defense ministry says the country may host a U.S. Army Fixed Regional Hub Node at ADSCS Geraldton, with potential for joint use.
For MUOS, the Australian site is one of four ground stations. The others are in Norfolk, Hawaii, Sicily. The downlink is done in Ka-band. The various ground stations are connected to the switching and network management operations centers in Hawaii and Norfolk.
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The U.S. Navy-led satellite program is to be fully operational around 2014. It replaces the UHF Follow-on Satellites.