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Latest Space-Based Infrared System Stories

2009-04-20 16:28:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today a major milestone on the U.S. Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) with the successful delivery of the fully-integrated payload for the second geosynchronous orbit (GEO) spacecraft in the program constellation. The SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace...

2009-04-09 17:03:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ --The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) team has submitted its proposal for the program's follow-on production phase and has completed a major Preliminary Design Review (PDR) milestone with the U.S. Air Force. The SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. The SBIRS Follow-on...

2009-03-02 09:00:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 2, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed performance testing of an infrared missile warning sensor that monitors an entire hemisphere from a single telescope. The first-of-its-kind staring sensor, encompassing Raytheon's large-format focal-plane arrays, will be able to detect and track dimmer objects than sensors in current operation, according to Bill Hart, vice president for the company's Space Systems group. "This sensor is important to...

2009-01-29 14:00:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous orbit (GEO-1) satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team for the U.S. Air Force, has successfully completed a major test utilizing new flight software that will enable highly reliable spacecraft command and control operations. The SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense,...

2009-01-13 11:00:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that the first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous orbit (GEO-1) satellite has entered a major test phase with the latest version of flight software designed to provide highly reliable spacecraft command and control operations. The U.S. Air Force SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense,...

2009-01-07 10:26:00

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin-developed missile defense system elements led global ballistic missile defense efforts in 2008 with five successful target intercepts, including two international intercepts, and numerous next-generation milestones. With proven hit-to-kill technologies and demonstrated reliability, Lockheed Martin has firmly-positioned each phase of missile defense - boost, midcourse and terminal - to support the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA)...

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2009-01-06 15:15:00

Officials are still examining the failure of a classified Northrop Grumman Corp.-built missile warning satellite, known as DSP 23, four months ago.   The Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite was owned and operated by the U.S. Air Force, and was launched into geosynchronous orbit around the Earth in November 2007.  By mid-September of last year the satellite had stopped responding to commands. A Reuters report cited one U.S. defense official that likened the current...

2008-12-22 10:24:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led team developing the U.S. Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) has achieved major milestones on the second geosynchronous orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft with the completion and delivery of the remaining major spacecraft bus subsystems. The GEO-2 spacecraft core structure and propulsion subsystem was recently completed and the high-performance communications subsystem for the spacecraft was delivered in...

2008-12-15 15:33:00

Operational System Yielding Superb Surveillance Capabilities for the Nation SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-1) payload and ground system, built by a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team, has been certified for operations by U.S. Strategic Command. SBIRS is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and...

2008-10-27 12:00:04

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin has successfully completed acoustic testing of the first geosynchronous orbit (GEO-1) spacecraft in the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program. The U.S. Air Force's SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions, including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. During the test, the fully integrated spacecraft was subjected to the...