Infrared info from space.
With the slow yet steady proliferation of defence-related satellite systems jostling each other for parking real estate overhead, imaging and communication systems are winning prized positions. In January 2009 Lockheed Martin's Space-Based Infrared System (Sbirs) geosynchronous orbit (Geo-1) satellite team completed successful tests of the system's flight software. The Sbirs is being designed to provide early warning of missile launches, as well as supporting technical intelligence and battlespace awareness applications. The baseline integrated system test of the Geo-1 satellite provided system performance baseline information prior to the satellite entering thermal vacuum testing. Lockheed's new software contains applications for controlling space vehicle electrical power, temperature, attitude and navigation.