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MUOS-4 Successfully Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

An Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 satellite  lifts off from Cape Canaveral AFS' Space Launch Complex 41 at 6:18 a.m., Sept 2. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral AFS' Space Launch Complex 41 at 6:18 a.m., Sept 2. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 satellite  lifts off from Cape Canaveral AFS' Space Launch Complex 41 at 6:18 a.m., Sept 2. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral AFS' Space Launch Complex 41 at 6:18 a.m., Sept 2. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 satellite  lifts off from Cape Canaveral AFS' Space Launch Complex 41 at 6:18 a.m., Sept 2. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral AFS' Space Launch Complex 41 at 6:18 a.m., Sept 2. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing helped successfully launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 40 here Sept. 2, 2015, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 6:18 a.m. EDT. The U.S. Navy-delivered MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system, built by Lockheed Martin, designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. (Photo by Dawn Haworth/Spaceflight Insider)

The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing helped successfully launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 40 here Sept. 2, 2015, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 6:18 a.m. EDT. The U.S. Navy-delivered MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system, built by Lockheed Martin, designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. (Photo by Dawn Haworth/Spaceflight Insider)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 satellite  lifts off from Cape Canaveral AFS' Space Launch Complex 41 at 6:18 a.m., Sept 2. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

An Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral AFS' Space Launch Complex 41 at 6:18 a.m., Sept 2. (Photo courtesy of ULA)

The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing helped successfully launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 40 here Sept. 2, 2015, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 6:18 a.m. EDT. The U.S. Navy-delivered MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system, built by Lockheed Martin, designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. (Photo by Michael Deep/Spaceflight Insider)

The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing helped successfully launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 40 here Sept. 2, 2015, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 6:18 a.m. EDT. The U.S. Navy-delivered MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system, built by Lockheed Martin, designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. (Photo by Michael Deep/Spaceflight Insider)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. -- The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy successfully launched the fourth Lockheed Martin built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. at 6:18 a.m. EDT, Sept. 2. 

"Today's successful launch is the culmination of the USAF Space Command's 45th Space Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Navy, and ULA's close partnership and dedicated teamwork," said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, SMC commander and Air Force Program Executive Officer for space. "We will continue our unwavering focus on mission success and guaranteeing assured access to space for our nation."

"MUOS is a Navy-led program," said Navy Capt. Joe Kan, Communications Satellites Program Office program manager. "But we work closely with the Army and Air Force to deliver worldwide, tactical satellite communications to the joint warfighter."

Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems.  Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.

Media representatives who would like to submit questions or interview a subject matter expert about the Atlas V should send an e-mail to smcpa.media@us.af.mil or call 310-653-2369.