Lockheed MartinÂ shipped the U.S. Air Force‘s next missile warning satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 2.
The Space Based Infrared SystemÂ Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight 3 satellite was shipped to Florida aboard a C-5 Galaxy aircraft at nearby Moffett Federal Air Field in preparation for its October launch, LockheedÂ said Friday.
David Sheridan, vice president of Lockheed’s overhead persistent infrared systems mission area, said the satellite is designedÂ to help military personnelÂ receiveÂ missile warnings and access infrared surveillanceÂ data.
Lockheed built SBIRS GEO Flight 3 at the company’s Sunnyvale, California-based facility.
The Space Based Infrared System isÂ intended to have a mix of geosynchronous EarthÂ orbit satellites, payloads in highly elliptical orbit and ground hardware and software,Â the company noted.
Northrop GrummanÂ acts as the payload integrator underÂ the SBIRS program.