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Terran Orbital is Awarded Subcontract by Lockheed Martin for SDA’s Tranche 2 Tracking Layer

on May 18, 2024 / by Nikki Cabus ,


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Terran Orbital announced being selected by Lockheed Martin to produce 18 satellite buses for their recent Space Development Agency (SDA) Tranche 2 (T2) Tracking Layer contract.

Boca Raton-based Terran Orbital Corporation (NYSE: LLAP) (“Terran Orbital”) is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers.

Terran Orbital space vehicles support the SDA’s Tracking Layer, enhancing warfighter lethality, maneuverability, and survivability against advanced missile threats.

Lockheed Martin will provide the SDA with 16 wide field-of-view missile warning/missile tracking space vehicles with infrared sensors and two vehicles with missile defense infrared sensors that can generate fire control-quality tracks to provide preliminary missile defense mission capabilities. Each Lockheed Martin-built T2 Tracking Layer satellite will incorporate a Terran Orbital bus.

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Marc Bell. Terran Orbital

“We’re proud to once again be selected as the trusted space vehicle provider for Lockheed Martin, especially for the SDA’s critical tracking mission,” said Marc Bell, Terran Orbital’s Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer.

“This continued partnership signifies the confidence Lockheed Martin places in Terran Orbital’s capabilities. We are excited to leverage our expertise and deliver these advanced space vehicles to support the SDA’s mission objectives.”

These state-of-the-art space vehicles will be manufactured at Terran Orbital’s advanced robotic space vehicle manufacturing facilities located in California. This award showcases Terran Orbital’s commitment to innovation and positions the company as a key player in building the next generation of proliferated warfighting constellations.

The T2 Tracking Layer will accelerate the capability to provide global, persistent indications, detection, warning, and tracking of conventional and advanced missile threats, including hypersonic missile systems. It will also deliver preliminary missile defense capability by incorporating fire control quality sensors in the constellation.

Another success through the Terran Orbital and Lockheed Martin relationship was the recent perfect launch between Lockheed Martin, Lockheed Martin Space, and SpaceX back in March. The SpaceX Transporter-10 contained two Terran Orbital Corporation 12U Renegade-class space vehicle platforms.

“While the mission utilizes two satellites, it integrates four payloads which provide tactical communications systems; a Ka-band crosslink and mesh network; precision relative ranging and time synchronization across satellites; and a high-end CPU/processor, ” explained Marc in a social media post. He continued, “Thank you Robert Lightfoot Maria Demaree and Johnathon Caldwell for entrusting us with this important mission.” Click on the link to watch the full launch replay. https://lnkd.in/egiinU3x

To learn more about Terran Orbital, visit https://terranorbital.com/

Terran Orbital is Awarded Subcontract by Lockheed Martin for SDA’s Tranche 2 Tracking Layer