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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Lockheed Martin Delivers Key Software, Hardware for New Missile Warning Satellite

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Spacecraft Functional Testing Progressing

The team is also in the midst of an important spacecraft test phase at Lockheed Martin's facilities in Sunnyvale , Calif. Known as Spacecraft Functional Testing (SCFT), this major milestone will verify the functional requirements of the GEO spacecraft and further assure that the structure is assembled to specification.

The spacecraft is tested at ambient conditions to verify correct operation of the electrical power, command and data handling, thermal management,guidance navigation and control, communication and propulsion subsystems.

Following successful completion of SCFT, the team will prepare the spacecraft for engineering thermal vacuum testing which will verify thespacecraft performance at temperature extremes greater than those expected during on-orbit operations.

Lockheed Martin is currently under contract to provide two payloads inhighly elliptical orbit (HEO) and two GEO satellites, as well as fixed andmobile ground-based assets to receive and process the infrared data. The teamhas delivered both HEO payloads and is on track to launch the first GEO satellite in fiscal year 2008.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 135,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2005 sales of $37.2 billion.


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