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Lockheed Martin obtains ESS contract

11th November 2020 - 17:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Company to develop and demonstrate a prototype payload

The US Space Force has awarded Lockheed Martin Space a $258.31 million firm-fixed-price contract under the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communication (ESS) programme.

‘This contract will develop a prototype payload and conclude in a hardware and software in-the-loop, end-to-end demonstration,’ the DoD noted on 9 November.

Work will be performed in Denver, Colorado, and is expected to be completed June 2025.

ESS is envisaged as an adjunct to — and eventual mid-latitude replacement for — the strategic jam-resistant SATCOM mission performed by the existing Advanced Extremely High Frequency constellation (which was also made by Lockheed Martin).

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