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Lockheed to Demo Space-Based Joint All-Domain Operations With SAJE Testbed; Stacy Kubicek Quoted

Lockheed to Demo Space-Based Joint All-Domain Operations With SAJE Testbed; Stacy Kubicek Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed Martin intends to launch in 2023 three satellites as part of a testbed meant to demonstrate joint all-domain operations in space, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday.

Stacy Kubicek, vice president and general manager of Lockheed’s mission solutions business, said the satellites comprising the Space-Augmented JADO Environment or SAJE testbed are modeled after the company’s work on the Space Development Agency’s Transport Layer.

Two of the satellites, dubbed Pony Express 2, will demonstrate tactical communications and networking capabilities upon launch.

The third satellite, called “TacSat,” will lift off separately to demonstrate tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance communications and sensing capabilities. The spacecraft will host a 5G payload and a Lockheed-made ISR sensor.

We’re utilizing this as a testing ground or a proving ground and a demo area to be able to offset risks so that when those things do come along, we’re ready to go and we’ve already done the investment upfront to be able to execute on those capabilities,” Kubicek told the publication during a July 19 interview at a trade exhibition in England.

Lockheed said the testbed is expected to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Northern Edge exercise in 2023 and other planned joint capability demonstrations of the Air Force, Army and the Navy.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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