Navy to Expand Communications Reach with Nanosatellite Launch

A Navy nanosatellite designed to extend the range of ultra-high frequency (UHF) UHFcommunications into the polar regions is scheduled for launch November 19 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Officials at the Navy’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Space Systems in conjunction with developers at Space and Naval Warfare Command Systems Center Pacific are leading this effort known as the Integrated Communications Extension Capability (ICE-Cap). ICE-Cap will demonstrate the ability of low-Earth orbit satellites to extend the geographic coverage of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) and legacy UHF Follow-On (UFO) satellite constellations to the polar regions. 

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