Lockheed Martin starts final assembly of new U.S. weather satellite

Lockheed Martin (LMT +0.2%) has begun final assembly of a new weather satellite that will allow the U.S. government to provide far earlier warnings about potentially deadly tornadoes and solar flares when it is launched in early 2016.

LMT this week powered on a key part of the satellite for the first time at its facility near Denver, where engineers are assembling the satellite and testing components before the whole spacecraft moves to environmental and thermal vacuum testing in July.

The new satellite would give the government revolutionary new weather forecasting capabilities, offering imagery with 4x better resolution and 5x more data, according to the program's chief engineer.

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