U.S. Air Force’s Second Missile Warning Satellite Completes Major Environmental Test at Lockheed MartinAugust 16, 2011
MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
The Missile Defense Agency is announcing the award of a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification, option exercise, under contract HQ0147-09-C-0007 to The Boeing Co., Huntsville, Ala. The total value of this contract modification is $36,670,439, increasing the total contract value to $696,947,325. Under this contract modification, the contractor will manage the Ground-based Midcourse (GMD) Defense Weapon System sustainment and operations support to include system sustainment, training, and operations support of the GMD mission assets. The work will be performed in Fort Greely, Alaska, and Colorado Springs, Colo. The performance period is from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The MDA, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.
The first Lockheed Martin-built Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous (GEO-1) spacecraft beamed down its first infrared image on June 21 to the SBIRS ground station. Following its May 7 launch, the satellite is performing as expected, and is now undergoing early orbit testing.
City of Boulder Recognizes Northrop Grumman for Contributions to National Security and the CommunityJuly 7, 2011
The City of Boulder issued a proclamation recognizing Northrop Grumman Corporation for its continuing contributions to national security and to the Colorado economy as a provider of leading-edge defense technology.
SBIRS-High and SBIRS-Low.
At one time the two missile defense satellite systems were notorious examples of over budget, technologically challenged military space programs.
SBIRS — space-based infrared systems — was conceived in the early 1990s as the next-generation of spacecraft that could not only warn when intercontinental or theater ballistic rockets were being launched, but track them accurately enough to possibly shoot them down with a missile defense system.
Dear Members and Friends,
The first satellite of the next generation of the Defense Support Program (DSP) was launched into space at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This new satellite can detect and process a diverse variety of heat sources, including missile launches, defining and distinguishing the type of missile and where these missiles are heading in an extremely short period of time.
The United States military will take a big step toward upgrading the nation’s missile-defense system this week, when it launches the first in a constellation of next-generation surveillance satellites.
On Friday, the Air Force will launch GEO-1, the first of four new satellites planned under the Space-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) program. SBIRS will significantly improve the country’s missile-warning and missile-defense capabilities, and it will also provide enhanced technical intelligence to fighters on the ground, Air Force officials said.