Jul 26 2015

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Back from MUOS testing

I spent the past week testing MUOS communications in Fort Bragg, NC.

Funny story: about 8 years ago, Margaret Robbie (the godmother of Navy SATCOM testing) and I were planning all the Technical Evaluation (TECHEVAL) testing for MUOS after launch. TECHEVAL 1 (after the first launch) was easy peasey, but TECHEVAL 2…that would be a different story.

We calculated that we needed at least 25 military radios in the field to conduct all the testing we’d need to do. That would mean at least 30 test team members…the entire MUOS program office had about 20 people in it. “How in the world are you going to staff the test?” We asked.

“Bah…we’ll worry about it when we get there,” was the answer. Well, “there” was last week. For the first time in about 20 years, I was actually in the field operating and talking on a radio, which was fun. I’d be out there still, but next week I’m already scheduled to umpire a national tournament up in the Fresno area.

Can’t really talk about what I observed…but I will say that MUOS has the cleanest voice data I’ve ever heard over a SATCOM system. I was very impressed with that.

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