Lockheed Martin announced Feb. 16, 2010, that the second Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous orbit, known as GEO-2, has passed a key milestone—its first phase of baseline integrated system test (BIST), which "characterizes the overall performance of the satellite and establishes a performance baseline for the remainder of the test program." USAF expects to launch GEO-1 in 2011, followed by GEO-2 in 2012. Here, GEO-2 satellite undergoes BIST-1 testing at Lockheed's Sunnyvale, Calif., facility.
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