Friday, January 30, 2009

Satellite completes key test

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - The first Space-Based Infrared System geosynchronous orbit satellite, built by Lockheed Martin for the Air Force, has completed a key test using new flight software. The SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches and support other missions, including technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. The spacecraft will be delivered to the Air Force in fiscal year 2010 and launched aboard an Atlas V. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 01/29/09) Gulf Coast note: SBIRS work locations include the SBIRS Wing at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Sunnyvale, and Azusa, Calif.; Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Gaithersburg, Md.; Valley Forge, Pa.; and Lockheed Martin Space & Technology Center at Stennis Space Center, Miss.