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SDA’s Satellites With 10 Terran Orbital Buses Launched for Tranche 0 Mission

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SDA’s Satellites With 10 Terran Orbital Buses Launched for Tranche 0 Mission

Ten communication spacecraft equipped with Terran Orbital satellite buses were sent to low Earth orbit following the Tranche 0 Transport Layer launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, on Sept. 2, the company announced Monday. 

Tranche 0 is a component of the Space Development Agency’s Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture that had its initial launch in April. The architecture will provide the Department of Defense’s warfighting assets with space-based capabilities in areas like navigation, tracking, deterrence and battle management.

Lockheed Martin, which ordered the satellite buses, is acquiring an additional 42 units for the 42 SDA Tranche 1 Transport Layer satellites scheduled for a 2024 launch, Terran Orbital said. In October 2022, Terran Orbital disclosed that Lockheed Martin had invested $100 million in its factory in Irvine, California, which will manufacture the 42 satellite buses.

Marc Bell, Terran Orbital’s co-founder, chairman and CEO, thanked Lockheed Martin for its collaboration and the opportunity to leverage the company’s “small satellite solution expertise.”

The SDA awarded Lockheed Martin the Tranche 0 contract worth $ 187.5 million in 2020 and the Tranche 1 contract, valued at approximately $700 million, in 2022.

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