News>SBIRS Team Successfully Completes GEO-1 Command and Control Interface Testing
SBIRS GEO-1 is under going testing prior to its launch. The Space Based Infrared Systems program will provide the nation with critical missile defense and warning capability - replacing the DSP satellite system currently on orbit. (Photo Courtesy: Spase Based Infrared Systems Wing)
7/29/2010 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center's Space Based Infrared Systems program office successfully completed a major system level test of the interfaces between all SBIRS ground facilities and the GEO-1 satellite, June 30.
"Successful completion of the 5001.2 system level test demonstrates the program's positive progress towards delivery and launch," said Capt. James Palmer, program manager, SBIRS Systems Test, SBIRS Wing.
The test successfully demonstrated the command and control capability of the GEO-1 satellite using the Tri-band Antenna/Modem Suite modem. This test demonstrated the ability to perform the process of transmitting and receiving data between the ground system and the satellite using rapidly changing frequencies known as frequency hopping.
Twelve individual objectives were tested, which subsequently demonstrated critical operational functions and capabilities of the SBIRS GEO-1 ground and space system. A team of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, The Aerospace Corporation and U.S. Air Force personnel conducted these tests for two days.
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