US Navy Launches MUOS Satellite

first_img View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Launches MUOS Satellite View post tag: MoUs US Navy Launches MUOS Satellite September 3, 2015center_img After a two-day delay due to tropical storm conditions, the U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite launched on September 2nd at 6:18 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 41.MUOS-4, whose signal was acquired approximately three hours after launch, completes the initial operational constellation and provides near global network coverage for warfighters and combatant commanders. This array allows mobile forces, including submarines, surface ships and aircraft, to communicate around the world via the narrowband spectrum.User communities that will primarily benefit include ground forces at the individual soldier level but also include members of all services and special forces.“The legacy satellite communication system allowed users to ‘talk’ as long as they were within the same satellite footprint,” explained Navy Capt. Joe Kan, program manager for the Communications Satellite Program Office. “MUOS allows troops all over the world to talk, text and share mission data seamlessly without having to worry about where they are in relation to a satellite.”The program office falls under the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems, which has responsibility for the MUOS program and is located at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.The Internet Protocol-based nature of MUOS allows network access to classified and unclassified networks. This network access for deployed tactical users will allow the exchange of critical situation awareness and targeting information.“With the launch of MUOS-4 we’re going to deliver that worldwide coverage and communication service for users,” explained Nina Tran, the program office’s space division director. “The legacy payload we have on MUOS satellites allows a smooth transition to a newer, better MUOS capability. We are benefitting from providing the legacy channels for current users and we are exploring all the capability that MUOS has to offer.”MUOS is an architecture comprised of a five-satellite constellation – a fifth on-orbit spare to be launched in 2016 – four ground stations across the globe, complex software to manage the network and an integrated waveform for use with user radios.According to the program office’s technical director, Jim Parsons, it’s the system’s flexible design that allows rapid insertion of technology to keep the system up-to-speed.“The nice thing about MUOS is that the ground system and terminals contain all the switching and routing technology,” Parsons said. “The satellite remains unchanged over time and can allow technology insertion into the ground stations and the waveform over time to increase capability without having to make any satellite changes.”Cmdr. Pete Sheehy, principal assistant program manager, explained that 24/7, beyond-line-of-sight communications will greatly benefit ground forces needing aviation support.MUOS is already providing legacy communications to combatant commanders via active satellites on-orbit. MUOS’ advanced capability – Wideband Code Division Multiple Access – has been demonstrated in various environments, platforms and applications such as integration testing with the newest submarine antennas, Navy special operations scenario exercises and Air Force C-17 in-flight tests.“In our testing we’ve tried to be as realistic as possible,” said Jarratt Mowery, director of end-to-end system testing. “In several events we’ve brought uniformed warfighters in and given them training on the MUOS system and operating its components. They were able to define the types of operations they would like to use the system and allowed them to exercise those operations in a realistic environment. Be that in vehicles driving around, in a forest with a thick canopy or even in airborne platforms.”An added benefit beyond the system’s initial requirements is extending communications further north and south toward the polar regions. This polar coverage, up to approximately 85 degrees in the Arctic under peak conditions, is significant considering that wireless and satellite communications has always been a struggle at extreme north and south latitudes.Over the next several days MUOS-4 will transition to reach its geosynchronous orbit location approximately 22,000 miles above Earth to begin initial on-orbit testing. The satellite’s solar arrays and antennas will then be deployed. On-orbit testing will start for subsequent turn-over to the Navy for test and commissioning to service.Two MUOS satellites, launched in 2012 and 2013, are already providing legacy communications capability from their geosynchronous orbits over the Pacific Ocean and the United States.MUOS-3, launched in January, was accepted by the Navy in June after on-orbit testing. The third satellite is awaiting final testing before being accepted for operational use.Ultimately, the constellation and associated network will extend narrowband communications availability well past 2025.The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems, located at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, is responsible for the MUOS program.Image: US Navy Equipment & technology Share this articlelast_img read more

Landscape for Wildlife

first_imgBy Bob Westerfield University of GeorgiaIt seems a little strange writing a landscaping article about attracting wildlife. I’ve spent much of my career telling folks how to keep critters out of their landscape.As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist, I get lots of questions about how to stop deer from eating flowers and how to deter squirrels from digging up bulbs. Lately, however, I’ve seen a noticeable shift in landscape- and wildlife-related calls. People actually want to encourage wildlife into their landscape and enjoy bragging to neighbors and family about furry creatures visiting their landscape and feeders. As a wildlife enthusiast, I think this is a great trend.You can have an attractive landscape and still make it eco-friendly for wildlife. You just have to realize that some plants are like salad bars to deer. All animals look for three critical elements: food, water and shelter. Many landscape plants add beauty to your landscape while providing one or more of the basic elements. Water is critical. Incorporate a water element by adding a small pond and a few bird baths. Deer, raccoons, birds and opossums are just a few of the critters that may visit your landscape watering hole.Ponds don’t have to be large or fancy. Water tubs from farm supply stores or even metal wash tubs placed into holes dug in the ground make a miniature oasis for many animals. To help fight evaporation and keep the water cool, put bird baths in the shade. Food is the next major element to attract wildlife. Depending on what wildlife you like and what lives nearby, many different plants can draw them into your landscape. Birds love to feast on berry-producing plants. Consider shrubs that fruit, such as Japanese hollies, inkberry, phyracantha and wax myrtle. There are many others to choose from.Squirrels and deer appreciate nut-bearing trees such as oak, hickory and Chinese chestnut. It’s also good to include some fruit producers like crabapple, plum and persimmon trees or muscadine vines. If you have room, plant a small food plot of wheat, clover, rye or oats to attract deer or turkey. Planting these near escape cover encourages daylight feeding. A one-eighth to one-fourth acre food plot provides a good food source year ‘round. I set a digital trail camera close to my food plots to capture images of what visits when I’m not around. These cameras, available at sporting goods stores, are fun and easy to use. Humming birds are also fun to watch and are easy to attract. Humming birds love plants that flower for a long time. They prefer trumpet-shaped blooms. Vines such as trumpet creeper, honeysuckle, crepe myrtle, or Carolina jasmine bring them in. You can add hummingbird feeders visible from your window.Set up feeders for birds, squirrels and whatever else shows up. There are many great feeder designs out there to compliment any landscape design. I like natural looking wooden feeders.Cover or shelter is the final element that wildlife needs. They need a place to escape from enemies, find refuge from weather and feel secure while they rest. Different animals need different types of cover. Woodpeckers and flying squirrels like dead trees. Rabbits make nests in tall grass and weedy areas. Deer like to spend their afternoons in a secure shrubby area. Include trees, bushes, brush piles and rock piles to attract more wildlife. Place different sizes of bird houses around the landscape, too, to bring in feathered friends.Provide water, food and shelter, and your landscape can quickly become a wildlife sanctuary. (Bob Westerfield is a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist.)last_img read more

Hyundai Samho Boosts Orderbook with 5 New Ships

first_imgHyundai Samho recorded sales of KRW 1.6 trillion in H1 2019, a decrease of 35 percent from the corresponding period last year. However, the shipbuilding unit has seen its operating profit rise, according to Yonhap. South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, part of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has received orders for the construction of five vessels.The orders include two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and three petrochemical carriers, Hyundai Samho said in separate stock exchange filings on August 26.The first contract, worth KRW 197.3 billion (USD 162.6 million), has been awarded by an undisclosed Asian shipowner. The 90,000 cbm petrochemical LPG pair is expected to be delivered by November 8, 2021.The second order, which amounts to KRW 210.5 billion (USD 173.5 million), was placed by another unnamed Asian shipowner. The three 115,000 dwt PC vessels are scheduled for delivery by September 9, 2021. World Maritime News StaffRelated:Hyundai Samho to Build LNG-Powered Bulker Pair for H-LineHyundai Samho Bags Order for Crude Carrier Pairlast_img read more

Catherine E. “Katy” Hortemiller

first_imgCatherine E. “Katy” Hortemiller, age 78 of Batesville, died Sunday, March 19, 2017.  Born January 16, 1939 in Ripley County Indiana, she is the daughter of Bessie (Nee: Grills) and Paul Wissel.  She married James Hortemiller October 4, 1958 at St. Anthony’s Church in Morris.  Katy was an executive secretary at Batesville Casket Company 23 years before retiring.  A member of the Knights of St. John’s Ladies Auxiliary, she is a past president in addition to being secretary and treasurer for 19 years.  She also served 10 years as secretary of the Knights of St. John’s International.  Katy was a member of St. Louis Church, the Phi Beta Psi Sorority, the Batesville Beautification League and the Batesville Red Hat Ladies.Although generous with giving of her time and talents, Katy enjoyed many interests in her free time.  An avid gardener, she tended to both her flower beds and a vegetable garden.  The excess from the garden was canned so it could be enjoyed over the winter. A good cook, her homemade vegetable soup and peach pie were huge family favorites and they looked forward each year to the traditional Christmas meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes and corn.  She looked forward to all the holidays so she could decorate the house.  Other hobbies included cross stitching, attending sporting events, working jig saw puzzles and playing cards most nights.  Her family teased that Katy apparently had a weakness for shopping and didn’t mind the drive to the Belterra Casino.She is survived by her husband Jim; daughter Lisa Wallpe of Greensburg; son Greg Hortemiller of Cincinnati; sisters Eleen Weisenbach of Batesville, Cornelia Hoffman of Dover, Indiana; grandchildren Erin Smith, Jordan Wallpe, Sarah Wallpe, Alison Wallpe, Anna Wallpe, Evan Wallpe and great grandchildren Lila Smith, Landon Smith and Rhett Wallpe.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by grandson Adam Hortemiller.Visitation is Wednesday, March 22nd, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23rd, at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family request memorials to the Knights of St. John Scholarship Fund, the Jerry Becker Memorial Fund or the Adam Hortemiller Memorial Scholarship Fund.last_img read more