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Lockheed Delivers Second Infrared Surveillance Satellite; Jeff Smith Comments

056_lockheedmartinLockheed Martin has delivered the second geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO-2) space based infrared system spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., the company has announced.

Lockheed and the U.S. Air Force transported GEO-2 from Lockheed's Sunnyvale, Calif., facility to nearby Moffett Air Field, loaded it aboard a C-5 aircraft and shipped it to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

“We performed a disciplined integration and test campaign for GEO-2 and are now looking forward to successfully launching this spacecraft to ultimately help protect our nation and allies with unprecedented global, persistent infrared surveillance capabilities,“ said Jeff Smith, vice president of Lockheed's overhead persistent infrared mission area.

The spacecraft will be prepared for a March liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

(Click Here, to read about the GEO-3 and GEO-4 satellites being built by Lockheed.)

Engineers will complete post shipment testing, fuel the satellite's propulsion system and encapsulate the spacecraft inside the launch vehicle's payload fairing before launching the spacecraft.

Lockheed's SBIRS contracts include four HEO payloads, four GEO satellites and ground assets to receive, process and disseminate the infrared mission data.

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Written by David J. Barton

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