Next-Gen OPIR mission payload passes CDR

By Courtney Albon / August 5, 2021 at 10:26 AM

The mission payload for the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared geosynchronous program recently completed a critical design review.

Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace are developing the payload. In a news release today, Northrop said the completed CDR is "a significant milestone" for the program.

"With the flight design complete, the Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace team will manufacture, integrate and test the flight mission payload, which is scheduled for delivery to Lockheed Martin in 2023," the release states.

Lockheed Martin builds the Block 0 Next-Gen OPIR GEO satellites.