Thursday, May 18, 2017

SSC plays role in upgraded A2100

Lockheed Martin engineers at Stennis Space Center, Miss., have completed the propulsion subsystem for the first modernized A2100 satellite. The subsystem raises the satellite into orbit after launch and keeps it on station throughout its mission life. The propulsion subsystem, a hybrid of electrical and liquid technology, was built at Lockheed Martin’s Space and Technology Center at SSC then shipped to Denver, Colo., for assembly and integration into the larger spacecraft. This first propulsion system is for Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, a satellite for Arabsat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The satellite will provide advanced telecommunications capabilities, including television, Internet, telephone, and secure communications, to customers in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The satellite is slated for launch in 2018. Lockheed Martin is building five modernized A2100 satellites for a host of missions and customers around the globe. (Source: Intelligent Aerospace, 05/18/17)