The U.S. Navy is looking to develop new terminals for Mobile User Objective System communications satellites.
The Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command has put out a request for information for over-the-air terminals for a demonstration in March or April 2014 in San Diego.
MUOS is in its final operational test phase, using General Dynamics MUOS-capable Handheld/Manpack/Small Form Fit terminal that are being developed for the Army's Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical. SPAWAR wants to test OTA terminals that offer several capabilities:
■ Basic MUOS OTA functionality using MUOS satellites 1 and 2;
■ Connection to MUOS ground stations;
■ Registration with MUOS ground stations;
■ Point-to-Network (P2N) Data;
■ Point-to-Point (P2P) Voice;
■ P2P Data;
■ Interoperability with the HMS Manpack.
"The demonstration events should focus on the operational performance of the specific
MUOS capability/feature being demonstrated," said SPAWAR. "For example, a P2P voice call should emphasize voice quality and show that delays between responses are as close as possible to current phone user expectations."
MUOS satellites, built by Lockheed Martin, combine commercial Wideband Code Division Multiple Access cellular phone network architecture with geosynchronous satellites instead of cell phone towers.
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