Lockheed, Northrop to Help Air Force Prep Weather Satellite for 2014 Launch; Sue Stretch Comments

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A Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman team has delivered a weather satellite to the U.S. Air Force, which plans to launch the satellite in March 2014.

The 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program block 5D3 satellite will lift off a United Launch Alliance Atlas V aircraft, Lockheed said Friday.

Sue Stretch, Lockheed Martin DMSP program director, said the company has built 50 weather satellites for defense customers over the last five decades.

For the next 250 days, the satellite will undergo launch preparations at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. and then be transported to the base’s Space Launch Complex 3 East.

DMSP satellites work to provide weather forecast information to deployed troops located in remote and hostile areas, Lockheed says.


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