Lockheed Martin Team Completes Environmental Testing Of The Solar Ultraviolet
Imager For GOES-R Satellite Series
PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 5, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]
team has completed and passed the full range of environmental tests –
electrical, mechanical and thermal – for the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI)
instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) next-generation
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) satellite mission,
known as GOES-R.
The team is on track for instrument delivery in October 2013 for integration
with the spacecraft at Lockheed Martin's Space Systems facility in Denver. The
advanced spacecraft and instrument technology used on the GOES-R series is
expected to improve the quality and timeliness of forecasts, expanding the
safety and economic benefits to the public.
"We are enormously pleased with the performance of our SUVI flight unit during
these thorough trials," said Mons Morrison, Lockheed Martin SUVI program
manager at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto. "We put our SUVI
engineering development unit through the same battery of tests last year. That
trial run enabled our flight unit tests to become more efficient and effective
than ever before. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with NASA
and NOAA to produce the best possible instrument– and to work side by side
with our Lockheed Martin Civil Space colleagues who are designing and building
the GOES-R spacecraft."
The SUVI will provide the required solar observational capabilities that
enable NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo. to monitor
solar activity and to issue accurate, real-time alerts when space weather may
possibly affect the performance and reliability of space-borne and
ground-based technological systems. Space weather can disrupt satellite
operations, communications, navigation, and the distribution of electricity
through power grids. These can lead to economic losses and can potentially
endanger human life.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., manages the SUVI
instrument as a part of its support to the acquisition and development of the
GOES-R series of satellites and its instruments. The GOES Program is managed
by NOAA, which establishes system requirements, provides funding for the
development and operation of the system, and collects and distributes
environmental data for the United States.
Operational since 1975, the GOES program is operated by NOAA's National
Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) and is a
critical part of the U.S. satellite constellation for environmental
observations. The GOES satellites are a key element in NOAA's National Weather
Service (NWS) operations, providing a continuous stream of environmental
information (weather imagery and sounding data) used to support weather
forecasting, severe-storm tracking, and meteorological research. Along with
weather forecasting, the GOES program also provides data to support space
weather forecasting, public safety, and scientific researchers use the data to
better understand land, atmosphere, ocean, and climate interactions.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and
services.The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.
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