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Design Objective for SBIRS-High Completed

A defense contractor team led by Lockheed Martin has completed the Signal Processing Assembly software critical design review for the Space-Based Infrared System High system, the company announced Tuesday (see GSN, Sept. 30).

The Signal Processing Assembly is a vital payload component of SBIRS-High, which is intended to replace the current U.S. system of satellites to detect missile launches, according to Lockheed Martin.

“The Signal Processing Assembly software critical design review is a major program milestone, key to timely delivery of the infrared payload and subsequent launch of the first SBIRS GEO (geosynchronous orbit) satellite,” Col. Randy Weidenheimer, the U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS-High program manager, said in a press release.

“The success of the SPA software CDR, the result of remarkable progress this calendar year, is direct testimony to the talents of the exceptional joint team that the contractors have assembled to tackle this tough job,” he added (Lockheed Martin press release/SpaceDaily.com, Nov. 17).



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