Space

September 6, 2013

Lockheed Martin-built A2100 satellites: More than 400 cumulative years in orbit, and counting

The Lockheed Martin A2100 communications satellite series has achieved a major milestone by achieving over 400 cumulative years of successful, in-orbit operations.

“The versatile and configurable A2100 common platform offers both our commercial and government customers reduced cost and risk while ensuring mission success, high reliability and outstanding sustained performance,” said Linda Reiners, president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Ventures, a major line of business within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. “We leverage flight-proven standard products, streamlined processes and a highly skilled workforce to deliver robust satellite solutions for a diverse group of domestic and international customers.”

The satellite fleet consists of 45 commercial and U.S. government communication satellites that are equipped with over 1,500 transponders transmitting data, video and audio for satellite operators worldwide.

In addition to commercial applications, the A2100 satellite series serves as the platform for several critical communications programs for the U.S. government, including the Advanced Extremely High Frequency and Mobile User Objective System.

The A2100 has also been adapted for non-communication missions, such as Lockheed Martin’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R earth observing mission and the Global Positioning System III program.

“Each A2100 is built from a standard suite of components that can support multiple designs and functions,” continued Reiners. “The A2100 also features the latest generation electric propulsion system using Hall current thrusters, providing a higher total thrust for a faster time to orbit.”

The A2100 is the most recent satellite platform designed by Lockheed Martin throughout its 100-year history. In total, Lockheed Martin has delivered 101 commercial communications geostationary earth orbit satellites that have achieved over 1,000 cumulative, in-orbit years.

The A2100 satellite platform is designed to meet a wide variety of telecommunications needs, including Ka-band broadband and broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band, Ku-band and X-band, high-power direct broadcast services using Ku-band and mobile satellite services using EHF, UHF, L-band, and S-band payloads.

The A2100’s modular design features simplified construction, increased on-orbit reliability and reduced weight and cost.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Ninth Boeing GPS IIF reaches orbit, sends first signals

Boeing Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites are steadily replenishing the orbiting constellation, continuing to improve reliability and accuracy for users around the world. The ninth GPS IIF reached orbit about three hours, 20 minutes after launching today aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and...
 
 
NASA/JPL-Caltech photograph

NASA asteroid hunter spacecraft data available to public

NASA/JPL-Caltech photograph The NEOWISE spacecraft viewed comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) for a second time on January 30, 2015, as the comet passed through the closest point to our sun along its 14,000-year orbit, at a solar distanc...
 
 
NASA and ESA image

NASA’s Hubble, Chandra find clues that may help identify dark matter

NASA and ESA image Here are images of six different galaxy clusters taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (blue) and Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink) in a study of how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when t...
 

 
SOFIA

SOFIA finds missing link between supernovae, planet formation

NASA/CXO/Herschel/VLA/Lau et al SOFIA data reveal warm dust (white) surviving inside a supernova remnant. The SNR Sgr A East cloud is traced in X-rays (blue). Radio emission (red) shows expanding shock waves colliding with surr...
 
 
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./USGS/Arizona State Univ. This illustration depicts some highlights along the route as NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity drove as far as a marathon race during the first 11 years and ...
 
 
NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given

NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the wo...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>