Jun 20, 2024

Lockheed Martin Wins Contract for Next-Generation U.S. Geostationary Weather Satellites

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a significant contract to develop and build the next generation of U.S. geostationary weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The contract, announced on June 18, is valued at an estimated $2.27 billion if all options are exercised.

Awarded by NASA on behalf of NOAA, the contract includes the development of three Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) satellites and options for four additional spacecraft.

Lockheed Martin, which also developed the current Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R (GOES-R) series, will launch the fourth and final satellite in this series, GOES-U, on June 25, 2024, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“Our team is excited and ready to move forward to design and field this critical national capability,” said Kyle Griffin, Lockheed Martin’s Commercial Civil Space vice president and general manager. “Our GeoXO design draws heavily from what we’ve learned with GOES-R spacecraft over the last 15 years, while incorporating new, digital technologies not only onboard the vehicles but in the design and development of this powerful, weather-monitoring platform of the future.”

The new GeoXO satellites will enhance GOES-R’s capabilities, providing improved visible and infrared imagery, lightning mapping, nighttime imagery, hyperspectral sounding, and detailed information on ocean and atmospheric conditions. These advancements are expected to significantly improve weather and air quality forecasts.

The first GeoXO satellite is slated for launch in the early 2030s, with the constellation expected to be operational through the late 2050s. The GeoXO spacecraft will be based on Lockheed Martin’s modernized LM2100 satellite bus.

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