Vanguard Space Technologies delivers satellite bus assemblies

The composite elements will be part of the AEHF program for Lockheed Martin.

Vanguard Space Technologies, Inc. (San Diego, CA, US) has successfully delivered two primary structural composite bus assemblies for the Advanced ExtremelyHigh Frequency (AEHF) Program to its customer, Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, MD, US). Vanguard was responsible for fabrication, assembly, hardware and component integration and static load test for the complete bus structure on this mission-critical military satellite system. Vanguard delivered the bus structures for AEHF space vehicle 5 and 6.

The AEHF system provides improved global, survivable, highly secure, protected communications capabilities for strategic command and tactical warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms. The system serves international partners including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. A single AEHF satellite provides greater total capacity than the entire legacy five-satellite Milstar constellation. In addition to its tactical mission, AEHF provides the critical survivable, protected and endurable communications links to national leaders including presidential conferencing in all levels of conflict.

"This was a significant program for us and we appreciate Lockheed Martin's confidence in selecting Vanguard," said Frank Belknap, Vanguard CEO. "Our recent assembly facility expansion enabled us to easily accommodate the 13 feet high, by 11 feet wide by 7.5 feet deep structure in our assembly bay, static load test facility, thermal chamber and painting facilities."