The U.S. Air Force has indefinitely pushed back the Oct. 3 launch of a Lockheed Martin-built missile warning satellite after a supplier told the company that one of its components “experienced an anomaly” on an unspecified satellite.
Lockheed Martin on July 20 reported lower revenue and operating profit at its Space Systems division for the six months ending June 26 despite a large profit contribution by launch-service provider United Launch Alliance (ULA).
A top Lockheed Martin space executive said the Air Force might need to build two more protected communications and two more missile-warning satellites as it transitions to next-generation architectures for both programs.
The U.S. Defense Department plans to decide the future makeup of two of the Air Force’s most valuable satellite programs before the year's end, the Pentagon’s acquisition czar said Feb. 22.
Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, spoke to the Washington Space Business Roundtable Feb. 23, offering insight into how the U.S. Defense Department is approaching some of the military space community’s long-standing concerns.
The U.S. Air Force expects to launch an experimental missile-warning satellite in 2018 or 2019, about two years later than the timeline service officials used last January.
For the first time, the service has simultaneously controlled all of its primary space-based missile warning assets with a single ground system.
According to the U.S. Air Force, a SBIRS missile-warning satellite still under construction will launch ahead of one that’s already finished.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, California, shipped a missile warning sensor May 14 for integration aboard a classified satellite that will operate in highly elliptical orbit, U.S. Air Force officials said in a June 16 press release.
The U.S. Air Force will use Lockheed Martin’s standard satellite bus on the forthcoming fifth and sixth satellites of its Space Based Infrared System missile warning constellation as part of a much discussed “refresh” of the program’s technology.
The U.S. Air Force is sharing what service officials have described as “eye-watering” data from its missile warning satellites with the intelligence community as part of a wider effort to maximize exploitation of the system.
The story “Lockheed Martin Examines Cost-cutting Options for SBIRS” overstates the status of in-process studies Lockheed Martin is conducting on the future of the Space Based Infrared System.
The U.S. Air Force’s current-generation missile warning satellites each carry two main infrared sensors, but a new study by prime contractor Lockheed Martin concludes that a new version carrying a single sensor could offer nearly the same performance.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems has received a $62.9 million contract modification from the Air Force to help develop the ground station for U.S. missile warning satellites.
The infrared payload still needs to be integrated and tested on the Space Based Infrared System satellite.