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Lockheed Martin launches ten T0TL satellites

Ten Lockheed Martin-built satellites have successfully been deployed into low-Earth orbit in support of the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) Tranche 0 Transport Layer (T0TL) mission. SDA’s T0TL is a proliferated low-Earth orbit (LEO) constellation that will demonstrate low-latency communication and provide a resilient network of integrated capabilities.

Each satellite incorporates a Terran Orbital bus and payload processors and is equipped with SmartSatâ„¢, Lockheed Martin’s software platform that makes it easier to dynamically add and quickly change missions in orbit through simple app uploads. The satellites also host Link 16 radios to introduce a terrestrial-proven network in space. Link-16 will enable sensor-to-shooter targeting by connecting systems that include fighter aircraft and Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) networks.

Lockheed Martin is currently building 42 satellites for SDA’s Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL) and was recently awarded an agreement to build 36 of SDA’s 72 Beta variant satellites for its Tranche 2 Transport Layer (T2TL) constellation. The T1TL and T2TL Beta satellites will be assembled, integrated, and tested in Lockheed Martin’s new small satellite processing facility that is designed for the high-volume delivery of complete satellites.

Lockheed Martin is partnering to support SDA’s mission to provide resilient national security space capabilities via proliferation and spiral development. A diverse supplier base and small business partnerships, in addition to streamlined smallsat processing methods, enable the company to accelerate technology innovation and delivery.

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