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This article was Originally Published on Oct 08, 2006 in Volume: 5  Issue: 2

Lockheed Delivers Payload Hardware for Satellite

SBIRS program to enhance missile warning capabilities

By Rodney L. Pringle

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Lockheed Martin announced that it has delivered a critical payload subsystem for the second geosynchronous orbit (GEO-2) satellite in the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program. SBIRS aims to provide significantly enhanced missile warning capabilities and support other national security mission simultaneously including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace characterization. The company shipped the second Pointing & Control Assembly (PCA) to NG Electronic Systems for integration into the GEO-2 payload. The PCA is a major payload subsystem that allows the scpacecraft’s optical telescopes to be positioned precisely to scan and stare at designated areas, enabling operators to modify the areas of surveillance according to national priorities. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the SBIRS prime contractor and systems integrator and is currently under contract to provide two payloads in highly elliptical orbit (HEO) and two GEO satellites, as well as fixed and mobile ground-based assets to receive and process the infrared data.

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