The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., is looking at a number of initiatives to cut overhead, Lt. Gen. Tom Sheridan, SMC commander, told reporters, Sept. 2, 2010. They include pacing the buy of satellites to reduce expenditures associated with factory start-ups and stops between programs, he said. Although he couldn't put an exact dollar figure on the potential savings, Sheridan said a well-paced buy could lead to "significant savings." Shown here, GEO-1, the first Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous orbit satellite, at prime contractor Lockheed Martin's facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. It is scheduled for launch into orbit in 2011.
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