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Terran Orbital to Build Satellite Buses for Lockheed Martin

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Ibadan, 25 October 2023 – Lockheed Martin has awarded Terran Orbital Corporation a contract to build 36 satellite buses for the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) Tranche 2 Transport Layer (T2TL) Beta constellation. Terran Orbital will consequently deliver the buses to Lockheed Martin, which will conduct payload integration and jointly operate the satellites with SDA.

SDA’s T2TL Beta constellation will advance the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture’s (PWSA) initial warfighting capability with targeted technology enhancements, mission-focused payload configurations, and increased integration. The PWSA provides a resilient, low-latency communication system to connect warfighter platforms worldwide and help the military target threats and detect and track missiles.

The Corporation is currently building 42 buses for Lockheed Martin to help the Company fulfil its $700 million contract for the SDA’s Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL), currently scheduled for a late 2024 launch. Furthermore, Terran Orbital completed a successful Critical Design Review (CDR) and Manufacturing Readiness Review (MRR) for the T1TL satellite buses last spring. The MRR also confirmed Terran Orbital’s readiness to manufacture and deliver all 42 T1TL satellite buses.

With the completion of Terran Orbital’s T1TL MRR and Lockheed Martin’s CDR, Terran Orbital will deliver the 42 satellite buses to Lockheed Martin for payload integration and testing in its new 20,000-square-foot small satellite assembly facility near Denver. The Company will eventually also use the same facilities for payload integration and testing of the 36 T2TL Beta satellite buses.

Last year, Terran Orbital delivered ten satellite buses to Lockheed Martin in support of their Tranche 0 Transport Layer contract with SDA. The T2TL Beta satellites are scheduled to be deployed into low Earth orbit during a series of launches starting in 2026.

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