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Lockheed Martin Delivers Next Infrared Surveillance Satellite

GEO-2 arrives at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to prep for March liftoff

Aerospace company Lockheed Martin has delivered the second Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Based Infrared System spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite is scheduled to be sent into orbit during March 2013 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
Employing satellites in geosynchronous orbit, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth orbit and ground hardware and software, the SBIRS program delivers missile warning capabilities, as well as contributions to the military’s missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness missions.
Jan. 11, GEO-2 was transported from Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, Calif., facility to Moffet Air Field at the 60th Air Mobility Wing of Travis Air Force Base, Calif., then loaded onto a C-5 aircraft and shipped to Cape Canaveral.
“We performed a disciplined integration and test campaign for GEO-2,” said Jeff Smith, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Overhead Persistent Infrared mission area.
Engineers will also need to complete post shipment testing, fuel the satellite’s propulsion system and encapsulate the spacecraft inside the launch vehicle’s payload fairing, which will be added to the Atlas V launch vehicle for integrated testing and closeout preparations for launch, Lockheed says.