A rocket launched Wednesday morning in Florida with a very important satellite on board, a satellite made in Silicon Valley.
The U.S. Navy's fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite was built by Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale.
The satellite aims to bring mobile technology, kind of like civilians use, to the U.S. military. Once securely in space, MUOS-4will help American armed forces communicate safely.
"This means, anywhere in the world, you're gonna get coverage,” said Lockheed Martin’s Mark Lewis. “High-speed voice, data, and video for secure mobile users. That's not been a possibility before."
It's the latest in a network of satellites bringing the kind of mobile technology we all use to our military – with a lot of security built in.
And as early as the launch was – 6:18 a.m. EDT – Silicon Valley employees were on hand at Cape Canaveral, wide awake and ready to see their handiwork take off.
"It's a huge sense of pride for Lockheed Martin and Silicon Valley that we can create unique communication technology,” Lewis said.
But the job’s not done yet. Another satellite in the network is being built in Sunnyvale. It will likely launch next year.