GD integrates over-the-air capability to on-orbit MUOS satellites


General Dynamics' (GD) mobile user objective system (MUOS) radio test laboratory has integrated over-the-air MUOS radio testing, which will allow companies to connect their radio and antenna products to the on-orbit MUOS satellite network.

The new capability will enable radio products to connect an orbiting MUOS satellite from the radio test lab Scottsdale, US, and assess voice and data performance.

Companies will also be able to test the performance of their products with the simulated MUOS ground station network within the facility.

"The GD MUOS test lab is one of two US Navy-qualified labs that helps companies understand how their equipment will work on the MUOS system."

The GD MUOS test lab is one of two US Navy-qualified labs that helps companies understand how their equipment will work on the MUOS system.

GD Mission Systems president Chris Marzilli said: "The MUOS test lab in Scottsdale is the only facility to provide connectivity to both the MUOS ground system and an orbiting satellite, representing a one-stop, cost-effective path to test a radio or antenna's ability to connect with the navy's newest and most advanced satellite communications system.

"In addition to offering the test lab, we're proud to also have developed the MUOS waveform and built the MUOS ground station system that both connects personnel with the MUOS network and manages MUOS satellite operations."

The process involves the addition of GD's MUOS waveform to test radios, which connects and transmits the call to the MUOS ground station and determines the best blend of satellites and ground stations to connect radio calls with the speed and voice clarity required by users.

The GD MUOS lab has provided radio testing over a simulated MUOS ground communications network since its inception in April 2014.