USAF Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Next Set of Infrared Surveillance Satellites (+) Declassified U.S. Spy Satellite: KH9 Hexagon (Video)

Photo: Launch of a HEXAGON Spy Satellite. NROA Titan 3D rocket equipped with five-segment solid rocket boosters launches the spy satellite Hexagon Mission 1215 on March 16, 1979 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in this National Reconnaissance Office image. Credit: NRO. (Public Domain)

From Space War

by Staff Writers
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Mar 06, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $284.4 million fixed-price contract to procure long lead parts for the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites in the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) missile warning constellation.

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

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Lockheed Martin got a government contract to work on the next generation spy satellite.  

 Wonder who “Won” the bid on the FIRST spy satellite back in the mid-60s? you guessed it, Lockheed Martin. Could we be looking at top drawer partner’s in that Military-Industrial Complex?

See if you spot the ‘usual suspects’ in the short propaganda film below. A film about the secret “Hexagon” project and our first spy-in-the-sky. Note the Industrial giants mentioned in the decades old film who have been getting millions of dollar out of our tax money decade after decade, usually with cost escalated far beyond the original bid.

What was it that President Eisenhower warned us of in his fairwell speech, the Military Industrial Complex?  . . EDITOR

  From Space.com

Declassified U.S. Spy Satellite: KH9 Hexagon 

This film from the mid 1960’s details the “Hexagon” secret project and was not declassified until 9/17/11.

If that ain’t enough to convince you that Lockheed Martin is a big hitter in the Military-Industrial Complex, check this out.  At the same time the company received the $284.4 million fixed-price contract reported in the top story, they also. . .

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Lockheed Martin Receives Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Contract From DARPA

by Staff Writers
Orlando FL (SPX) Mar 06, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a $71 million Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) modification contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to conduct air- and surface-launched flight tests and other risk reduction activities.

Under this contract, an additional air-launched LRASM flight test will be conducted from a B-1B in 2013. There are already two air-launched flight tests scheduled for this year as part of the Phase 2 LRASM contract awarded in 2010. . . . Read Complete Report

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