Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2002
Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS), a unit of The Boeing Co. , has received a contract modification authorizing the procurement of launch services for UFO F-11.
The satellite currently under construction is the 11th in a series of U.S. Navy UHF Follow-On (UFO) satellites the company has built under a contract originally awarded in July 1988 and now valued at approximately $2.1 billion.
Following its receipt of the contract modification, BSS has exercised an option to award the launch of UFO F-11 to International Launch Services (ILS), the selection of which was announced last year. ILS previously launched the first 10 UFO spacecraft. UFO F-11 is scheduled to launch in late 2003 aboard an Atlas IIIB launch vehicle.
``UHF Follow-On is an extremely important program to Boeing and to the nation. With this selection of a launch services provider and a recently held design review now complete, the program is on track and moving steadily ahead,'' said Randy Brinkley, president of Boeing Satellite Systems, the satellite manufacturing arm of Boeing Space and Communications.
Boeing's UFO customer is the Communications Satellite Program Office at the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego. The UFO satellites replace the Fleet Satellite Communications and BSS-built Leasat satellites that support the Navy's global communications network, Navy ships at sea, and a variety of other U.S. military fixed and mobile terminals.
UFO F-11 will provide ultra-high frequency (UHF) and enhanced extremely high frequency (EHF) communications.
Boeing Space and Communications is the world's leading manufacturer of commercial communications satellites, and is also a major provider of space systems, satellites, and payloads for national defense, science and environmental applications.
The Boeing Co. is the world's leading aerospace company, with its heritage mirroring the history of flight. It is the largest manufacturer of satellites, commercial jetliners, and military aircraft. The company is also a global market leader in missile defense, human space flight, and launch services. Chicago-based Boeing has an extensive global reach with customers in 145 countries.
Note to Editors: Photos of the UFO F-11 spacecraft are available upon request. A high-resolution rendering of the satellite is posted on the Boeing Satellite Systems Web site at: http://www.hughespace.com/hsc_pressreleases/photogallery/uhf_f11/ uhf_11_photo2.html
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