Lockheed Martin has turned the power on for avionics and major electronic subsystems of a weather monitoring satellite the company is building for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The company will ship the GOES-R satellite’s system module from Newtown, Pa. to its space systems facility near Denver for integration with the propulsion module prior to later integration and testing phases, Lockheed said Thursday.
“Even though we thoroughly test each subsystem at the box level, this is the first time that we’ve seen it working as a complex integrated system,” said Paula Hartley, Lockheed program manager for the GOES-R series.
“It’s the beginning of a new satellite.”
Lockheed installed 76 electronic boxes and 12 wiring harnesses into the module before turning the power on.
GOES satellites work to help the National Weather Service and other public and private sector customers produce weather forecasts.
NASA oversees acquisition of GOES-R spacecraft and instruments for NOAA and exercised an option in January for for Lockheed to develop two more satellites, increasing the total number of satellites under contract to four.