Photos: Navy satellite shrouded for launch

The sophisticated U.S. Navy mobile communications satellite to launch Jan. 20 has been wrapped up in the Atlas 5 rocket’s nose cone for the holidays. Encapsulation within the five-meter-diameter bulbous fairing occurred on Thursday. It is the third in a series of five Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites built by Lockheed Martin for the Navy’s new rugged cellphone network that will span the globe.

Photo: Lockheed Martin