Lockheed Martin Team Passes Pre-Environmental Review For Solar Ultraviolet Imager For GOES-R Satellite Series

Tue Jan 8, 2013 1:11pm EST

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PALO ALTO, Calif.,  Jan. 8, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin team,
awarded a contract by NASA in 2007 to design and build the Solar Ultraviolet
Imager (SUVI) for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R
Series, has met the requirements of a Pre-Environmental Review (PER). The review
was held in November at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology
Center (ATC) in  Palo Alto  by a group of multi-disciplinary experts from NASA
and NOAA, as well as a number of independent reviewers. The SUVI instrument was
built at the ATC under the management of the company's Civil Space Line of

The Lockheed Martin SUVI instrument has met all requirements of the PER. The
next major review will be the Pre-Ship or Pre-Storage Review in  May 2013. The
team is on plan for instrument delivery in  Oct. 2013  to the Lockheed Martin
Space Systems facility in  Denver  for integration with the spacecraft. The
first GOES-R launch is scheduled for 2015.   

"As a team we are honored to have passed this important milestone in the design
and construction of the SUVI," said Mons Morrison, Lockheed Martin SUVI program
manager. "We look forward to continuing our collaboration with NASA and NOAA to
produce the best possible instrument that will make these crucial solar
measurements, and to working side by side with our Lockheed Martin colleagues
who are designing and building the GOES-R spacecraft."  

The SUVI on the GOES-R satellites will provide the required solar observational
capabilities that enable NOAA 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.

In recognition of the importance of the data the SUVI will gather, and the
challenges associated with designing and building the instruments, Lockheed
Martin assembled a highly capable team with a substantial record of success in
providing similar instruments for other missions. The Lockheed Martin Solar and
Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL) within the ATC, well known for solar instrument
development and solar physics research, leads the GOES-R SUVI effort. LMSAL
designed and developed the GOES-N,-O and -P Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instruments
and oversaw their successful calibration on-orbit following launches in 2006,
2009 and 2010, respectively.

GOES is a critical part of the U.S. satellite constellation for environmental
observations. Operational since 1975, the GOES program is operated by NOAA's
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).  The
GOES satellites are a key element in 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. The future GOES-R mission is the next
generation of geostationary weather satellites. 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.

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. 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 ATC is the research and development organization of Lockheed Martin Space
Systems Company (LMSSC). LMSSC, a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin
Corporation, designs and develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full
spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security and military,
civil government and commercial customers. Chief products include human space
flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and
communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and
interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; ballistic missiles; missile defense
systems; and nanotechnology research and development.  

Headquartered in  Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) 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.

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