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Amazing Launch Photos: Blastoff for Navy's Next-Gen MUOS-1 Satellite

MUOS-1 Satellite Mated to the Launch Vehicle

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In preparation for its launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V, the U.S. Navy's MUOS-1 satellite is mated to the launch vehicle in the Vertical Integration Facility near SLC-41.

Atlas 5 Rocket Carrying MUOS-1 Satellite

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An Atlas 5 rocket stands poised to launch the U.S. Navy's advanced MUOS-1 communications satellite from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Liftoff is set for Feb. 16, 2012.

Mobile User Objective System Satellite

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The U.S. Navy's first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite is encapsulated in a 5-meter diameter payload fairing in preparation for launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle

MUOS-1 Satellite Rolls to the Pad

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the U.S. Navy's MUOS-1 satellite is rolled to the launch pad at SLC-41 in preparation for launch.

MUOS Satellite Encapsulated by Payload Fairing

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The U.S. Navy's first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite is encapsulated in a 5-meter diameter payload fairing in preparation for launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle.

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