Lockheed Martin-Northrop Grumman TSAT Team Demonstrates Laser Communications Subsystem
Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have validated the laser communications technology developed for the U.S. Air Force’s Transformational Satellite Communications (TSAT) program, the companies announced June 25.
The Lockheed Martin-Northrop Grumman team and a competing team led by Boeing are working under separate $514 million contracts for the TSAT program’s risk reduction and system definition phase.
The Air Force expects to award a development contract valued at up to $15 billion by the end of 2007. The award will cover design, development, and fielding of up to five satellites plus a spare as well as ground-based space vehicle command and control and the high data-rate ground communications gateway.