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Northrop Grumman Awarded $222M to Support US Missile Detection Satellites

By | June 29, 2020

U.S. Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites. Photo: U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has awarded Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. a $222.5 million contract to maintain the Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites. 

DSP satellites in Geostationary Orbit (GEO) are a part of North America’s early warning systems, and detect missile launches, space launches, and nuclear detonations. The first DSP satellite was launched in the early 1970s.  

Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide on-orbit satellite and anomaly resolution support, root cause analysis, mission threat analysis, mission test bed and space awareness, and global exploitation as key components of the lifetime extension of the DSP, according to the U.S. Department of Defense announcement on June 26. 

Work will be performed in California and Colorado and is expected to be completed March 31, 2030. Northrop Grumman was obliged $18 million at the time of the award.