As part of the U.S. Space Force's effort to build a more flexible, resilient and survivable missile early warning system, while also reducing long-term sustainment and operations costs, control of our nation’s advanced infrared surveillance satellites will soon be integrated via the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution (FORGE) onto the next-generation ground system, the Government-owned, open-architecture, Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) system.
FORGE and EGS are programs within the Cross-Mission Ground & Communications Enterprise directorate at Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). The directorate was established to integrate and modernize tactical, operational, and data transport ground capabilities across the space enterprise.
The Space Force’s SMC awarded a $51.2 million contract to Lockheed Martin to architect, design, develop, integrate, test and validate the Geosynchronous (GEO) Non-Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment (ITWAA) Ops Migration to EGS (GNOME) mission software that will help facilitate this transition.
GNOME will integrate Mission Management and Telemetry, Tracking, and Commanding (TT&C) for the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO 5 or GEO 6 satellite onto the EGS framework, as well as serve as a command and control (C2) pathfinder for the follow-on Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) satellites.
Lockheed Martin has worked in tandem with the U.S. military as its lead missile warning mission integrator for the past 20 years. The company has designed and launched four SBIRS GEO missile warning satellites; is modernizing the design of the SBIRS GEO 5/6 spacecrafts to provide more resiliency and efficiency; is developing Block 0 of the Next Generation OPIR GEO missile warning satellites, and has served as lead sustainment and operations contractor.
“We understand the OPIR mission end-to-end because we developed, launched, and sustain it, both in space and on the ground,” said Maria Demaree, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Space Mission Solutions. “We also understand that our nation’s adversaries would also seek to defeat our defensive systems and are committed to developing advanced technology that always keeps us ahead of the threat.”