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Surveillance Satellite Poised for Launch

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U.S. Air Force Poised to Launch Nation’s Next Infrared Surveillance Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., March 18, 2013 --- TThe U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin [NYSE : LMT] are ready to launch the second Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft on Tuesday, March 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch window is 5:21 EDT to 6:01 p.m. EDT.

A live launch broadcast will begin at 5:01 p.m. EDT and will be accessible via theULA webcast.

Featuring a mix of satellites in geosynchronous orbit, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth (HEO) orbit, and ground hardware and software, the SBIRS program delivers resilient and improved missile warning capabilities for the nation while also providing significant contributions to the military's missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness mission areas.

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