Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Ball Aerospace have efficiently accomplished the Essential Design Overview (CDR) for the Subsequent-Era Overhead Persistent Infrared (Subsequent-Gen OPIR) Geosynchronous (GEO) mission payload.
The completion of the Subsequent-Gen OPIR subsystems and payload CDR meets aggressive U.S. Space Force and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) program goals to make sure nationwide safety posture stays forward of rising international threats.
The profitable CDR is a major milestone for the Subsequent-Gen OPIR program. With the flight design full, the Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace staff will manufacture, combine and take a look at the flight mission payload, which is scheduled for supply to Lockheed Martin in 2023.
Because the successor to the Area Primarily based Infrared System (SBIRS), Subsequent-Gen OPIR will present an improved, extra resilient missile warning system to counter present and rising threats. The Subsequent-Gen OPIR GEO satellites are being designed and constructed by Lockheed Martin. Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace are one among two groups chosen by Lockheed Martin to develop a aggressive payload design for this system.
Along with growing a payload design for the Subsequent-Gen GEO program, Northrop Grumman was chosen by the Area Pressure to design and develop two polar-orbiting Subsequent-Gen OPIR house automobiles.
“The Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace staff brings deep mission experience in missile warning and monitoring to this program,” mentioned Scott Lee, vice chairman and common supervisor, payload and floor methods, Northrop Grumman. “Collectively, we’re delivering one other technology of unblinking eyes in house as a part of our nation’s strategic deterrence.”
“A long time of mission expertise with trendy agile infrared sensor growth are the hallmarks of the Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace staff,” mentioned Deirdre Walsh, vice chairman, Strategic Operations, Ball Aerospace. “This collaborative effort has enabled us to efficiently execute the important design overview of the Subsequent-Gen OPIR GEO Block 0 mission payload – a mission important to our nation’s safety.”
Northrop Grumman’s legacy of space-based protection growth consists of the Protection Help Program (DSP) and Area Monitoring and Surveillance System (STSS) satellites which have offered a mixed 60 years of important missile warning and monitoring capabilities.