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Navy's MUOS satellite overcomes challenges

4th November 2016 - 14:45 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in London

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The US Navy’s fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) has overcome propulsion system failures and has now reached operational orbit with pre-operational on-board testing set to begin. 

The MUOS-5 was launched back in June 2016 but experienced a failure of its orbit raising the propulsion system which prevented the satellite’s transfer orbit manoeuvre to its geosynchronous test orbit.

According to the US Navy, the MUOS team has now raised the satellite to an operationally-suitable orbit and has completed a series of deployments of the satellite's solar arrays and antennas, with the last occurring successfully on 30 October.

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