The US Space Force has acquired the fifth satellite to enter its Space-Based Infrared System constellation. Last month’s statement by Lockheed Martin revealed that the company deployed the SBRIS GEO-5 missile detection space vehicle to provide its services. The mission will leave the launch location this year, with the sixth satellite preparing to leave next year.
These two missions will be leaving the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and head for the constellation path. Lockheed Martin’s executive head of infrared systems, Tom McCormick, stated that the SBIRS GEO-5 satellite would be the first one in the constellation to be a product of the LM 2100 bus company. LM 2100 bus is the advanced portfolio that developed this system. The company procured the SBRIS deal six years ago. The following year, it signed an agreement informing satellites’ development with the LM 2100 technology to help the government in its missions without more costs.
The portfolio for developing these satellites allows the customers to customize to suit the various missions they would be venturing. McCormick explained that this strategy enables them to enjoy cheap services since the components required in the development of the satellite are common. All the propulsion sensors, software, and avionic systems are a common product for this company, saving it from developing new equipment.
Lockheed Martin stated that the new satellite is congruent with those already forming the constellation. The executive added that they did everything in their power to ensure that the new satellite is compatible with the system and can communicate with each other. The company hopes that the data formats and flows it procured from the SBIRS ground system can be incorporated into the constellation. These systems are run by the Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado and will infuse the GEO-5 and 6 into the system to meet their platform’s demands.
McCormick articulated that the new satellite system is consistent with the constellation that they envisaged and has the required protection mechanisms against threats beginning with the cyber hacks to other versatile versions. Two years ago, the SBIRS Satellite constellation discovered about 1000 missile deployments, according to the statistics of the company. The analysts explained that these statistics are double the actual quantity deployed in the previous year, meaning that the world would be securing its position in space leadership.