Lockheed Martin Delivers GOES-R Weather Satellite Core Structure For Propulsion System Integration

Mon Jan 7, 2013 10:10am EST

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DENVER,  Jan. 7, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) delivered the
core structure for the first in a series of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA)'s next-generation geostationary weather satellites to the
company's Mississippi Space and Technology Center on NASA's Stennis Space Center
where it will undergo propulsion system integration.    

The rigid external structure of the first Geostationary Operational
Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R), which will enclose the satellite's
propulsion system and support the payloads, was designed by Lockheed Martin
Space Systems, in  Newtown, Pa., and manufactured by ATK [NYSE: ATK] Aerospace
Group's Space and Components Division, in  San Diego.  

Built out of composite panels comprised of aluminum honeycomb sandwiched between
graphite composite face sheets, the structure only weighs 400 pounds yet
supports loads in excess of 95,000 pounds in the thrust direction and 1.8
million in-pounds in a bending moment.

For the next 11 months, the team will integrate GOES-R's fuel tanks, lines,
thermal controls and other systems within the core structure. GOES-R is based on
the company's highly reliable A2100 satellite series.

"The successful delivery of the core structure is the latest on-schedule
milestone towards the planned 2015 launch of the first GOES-R series
spacecraft," said  Paula Hartley, program manager for GOES-R at Lockheed Martin
Space Systems Company. "Once the propulsion integration is complete, the
structure will be mated to the GOES-R system module, which houses the
satellite's advanced instrumentation electronics and other critical subsystems,
essentially forming the entire structure of the spacecraft."

Data from NOAA's GOES satellites provide accurate real-time weather forecasts
and early warning products to the public and private sectors. Theadvanced
spacecraft and instrument technology used on the GOES-R series will vastly
improve forecasting quality and timeliness, generating significant benefits to
the U.S. and Western Hemisphere in the areas of public safety, climate
monitoring, space weather prediction, ecosystems management, commerce, and

In  December 2008, NASA selected Lockheed Martin to build two next-generation
GOES-R series spacecraft, with options for two additional spacecraft.  In  May
2012, the system passed its critical design review, a key milestone that paved
the way for the team to begin the build and integration phase for the first
R-series spacecraft. In addition to the spacecraft, Lockheed Martin is also
designing and building the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) and the Geostationary
Lighting Mapper (GLM) instruments that will fly aboard the spacecraft.  

The NOAA Satellite and Information Service funds, manages, and will operate the
GOES-R series satellites. NASA oversees the acquisition and development of the
GOES-R spacecraft and instruments for NOAA. The program is co-located at NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center in  Greenbelt, Md.

Headquartered in  Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 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 2011 were  $46.5 billion.

More information about GOES-R can be found at:

* http://www.goes-r.gov/
* www.lockheedmartin.com/goesr

Gary Napier, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
(303) 971-4012;  gary.p.napier@lmco.com

SOURCE  Lockheed Martin
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