Earth Observation Mission News
Lockheed Martin powers on first GOES-R weather satellite
02 October 2013
Lockheed Martin has powered on the system module of the GOES-R satellite for the first time. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series (GOES-R) is NOAA's next geostationary weather satellite. Power-on of the spacecraft's avionics and major electronic subsystems is a key milestone to delivery of the first satellite.
The system module of the A2100-based satellite is being built at Lockheed Martin Space System's Newtown, Pa. facility. The system module testing will demonstrate the functionality and integration of three major electrical subsystems, Command and Data Handling, Communication, and Electrical Power. A total of 76 electronic boxes and 12 wiring harnesses were installed in preparation for this power up.
"This is one of the most significant milestones on the program to date and our team demonstrated their dedication by getting us here on-time," said Paula Hartley, program manager for the GOES-R Series at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "Even though we thoroughly test each subsystem at the box level, this is the first time that we've seen it working as a complex integrated system. It's the beginning of a new satellite."
Source: Lockheed Martin