Key Flight Software Delivered For Missile Warning Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin


SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 22nd, 2008 — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered the latest block of flight software for 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.

The software is an interim version of the second of two major blocks of enhanced flight software designed to provide highly reliable spacecraft command and control operations. It provides the functionality necessary to begin Baseline Integrated System Testing (BIST), which will characterize the performance of the integrated satellite and establish a performance baseline prior to entering thermal vacuum testing next year.

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