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SUNNYVALE , Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Lockheed Martin(NYSE: LMT) team developing the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) has successfully delivered a critical payload subsystem and associated softwareintegral to the program's first geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellite.
SBIRS, with its highly sophisticated scanning and staring sensors, will provide the nation with significantly improved missile warning capabilities and support other missions simultaneously including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace characterization.
The software will provide for the effective control and testing of the spacecraft's Pointing and Control Assembly (PCA), both of which were delivered to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, Calif., for payload integration and testing. The GEO PCA features Lockheed Martin's patented reaction-less gimbal system, which allows the satellite to rapidly and repeatedly scan an area of interest for infrared activity while not interfering with the satellite's ability to simultaneously stare at another area.
The completed payload is scheduled to be delivered to Lockheed Martin's facilities in Sunnyvale , Calif., in mid-2007 for final spacecraft assembly, integration and test in preparation for launch in fiscal year 2008.
"The PCA and its associated software are essential to the vital capabilities that SBIRS will provide to the warfighter," said Mark Crowley ,Lockheed Martin's SBIRS vice president. "The team continues to perform with sustained momentum and a relentless focus on achieving mission success on this critical national program."