The Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system completed integration and testing of the space segment, The Boeing Co. [BA] announced.
Initial testing of the ground segments also was completed.
This means space vehicle and ground segments meet requirements for the first SBSS mission.
When launched, the SBSS system will revolutionize U.S. space situational awareness by providing around-the-clock visibility to detect distant space objects without interference from weather, atmosphere or daylight.
A Boeing-led team completed final integration and testing of the SBSS satellite, as well as initial verification of its ground segment and testing of mission operations for the entire system. The satellite, which was developed by teammate Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. using a Boeing onboard processor, was subjected to acoustic, thermal vacuum and electromagnetic interference environment testing. The space vehicle is now ready for final launch preparations.
Boeing’s ground segment successfully demonstrated hardware and software operations during tests conducted at the SBSS Satellite Operations Center (SOC) at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. In addition, the team completed scenario-based mission operations simulations with flight operators at the ground console.
The Boeing SBSS team also conducted an end-to-end mission functionality test on the space vehicle from the SOC, demonstrating around-the-clock nominal mission operations, on- orbit mission functionality and the ability to operate secure communications over the U.S. Air Force Satellite Control Network. These final tests were run by the integrated mission team, including members from Boeing, Ball Aerospace and the Air Force.
Boeing will operate the SBSS system in partnership with the Air Force after the satellite is launched later this year.