This business includes electronic and mission systems; information solutions; strategic missile & defense systems; satellites and other space and intelligence systems; and space exploration activities. Key programs include:
Electronic & Mission Systems:
Argon ST – Argon ST is a wholly owned subsidiary acquired by Boeing in 2010. Argon specializes in state-of-the-art Argon ST – Argon ST is a wholly owned subsidiary acquired by Boeing in 2010. Argon specializes in state-of-the-art signals intelligence (SIGINT) sensors; reconnaissance, communication, navigation, geolocation and other systems, system-of-systems and network-of-network solutions; and analysis and information integration services. It is based in Fairfax, Va.
Digital Receiver Technology (DRT) – DRT is a Germantown, Md.-based subsidiary acquired by Boeing in 2008. DRT develops hardware and software products for wireless surveillance and tracking equipment for federal government and law enforcement customers.
Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Force Protection (ISR&FP) – ISR&FP focuses on ISR and specialized warfare, including airborne and tactical ISR.
Intelligence Systems Group (ISG) develops and integrates systems that provide advanced capabilities to Intelligence Community customers. ISG has specific expertise in collection planning and in information management, dissemination and analysis. Among its largest customers is the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Enabling technologies that support customers' missions include Kestrel TAC's knowledge management software solutions; eXMeritus' cross-domain security solutions; information and data management software; and product suites from SMSi that include the Twister software that allows large quantities of data to be ingested, normalized and extracted, and then delivered in virtually any format to the user.
Mission Operations (MO) integrates, deploys, transitions, operates and sustains satellite ground systems supporting Intelligence Community, U.S. Department of Defense, and civil and commercial customers for mission success. Capabilities include operations and sustainment of advanced intelligence, navigation, communication and space science systems such as national security, GPS II and Iridium programs. Collectively, the 1,000 dedicated Mission Operations employees provide critical round-the-clock mission management for more than 100 operational space assets.
Secure Infrastructure Group (SIG) focuses on delivering information/cybersecurity, physical/global security, and information services to U.S. government, commercial and international customers to protect border, diplomatic, energy, maritime, transportation and other critical infrastructure assets. In 2011, SIG opened the Cyber Engagement Center, a 32,000-square-foot working operations facility in Annapolis Junction, Md., that brings together security experts from across the Boeing enterprise to collaborate with customers and develop cyber solutions. SIG applies a wide range of technologies in developing advanced, efficient solutions for its clients, such as real-time network traffic and analytics software from Narus, a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Advanced Technology Programs (ATP) delivers innovative, end-to-end mission solutions for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., ATP has approximately 500 employees throughout the U.S. who specialize in small, lightweight low-power electronics; remote unattended sensors; network communications solutions; mission planning and field support; operations support and sustainment; unmanned underwater systems; and acoustics solutions. Key programs and activities include the Echo Ranger commercial, surveying unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV); and the acoustic subsystem for the U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon aircraft program. Approximately three-quarters of the work performed by ATP supports classified government programs.
Strategic Missile & Defense Systems:
Arrow – Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have teamed to co-produce the Arrow Weapon System (AWS), the first operational national missile defense system for the Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD). The AWS program demonstrates The Boeing Company's commitment to developing international missile defense partnerships around the globe.
Directed Energy Systems (DES) – Key DES programs include the High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL TD), the Free Electron Laser (FEL) and the Mk 38 Tactical Laser Weapon System. Boeing is investing its own money in several additional efforts that promise to equip the warfighter with directed energy capability.
Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) – Boeing is prime contractor for GMD, the United States' only operational defense against long-range ballistic missiles. Boeing oversees development, testing , deployment , operations and sustainment of the ground-based system to detect, track and destroy long-range ballistic missiles in their midcourse phase of flight.
Standard Missile-3 Block IIB (SM-3 IIB) – SM-3 IIB is a key component of the Department of Defense's Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in Europe. Currently in the concept definition and planning phase, this program will provide advanced capability against emerging longer-range ballistic missile threats.
Strategic Missile Systems – Boeing has been a key contractor for the Air Force in land-based Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) systems for more than 50 years. Areas of expertise include full lifecycle support, repair and sustaining engineering, systems engineering, strategic guidance systems, ground systems, trainers, secure codes, field deployment, missile integration and systems testing. Boeing recently completed an upgrade to the guidance electronics for the Minuteman III system, critical to extending Minuteman's deterrent capability through 2020.
Space and Intelligence Systems:
Global Positioning System IIF (GPS) – Boeing is under contract to build 12 GPS IIF satellites for the U.S. military's satellite-based radio navigation system that permits land, sea and airborne users to instantaneously and precisely determine their three-dimensional position, velocity and time 24 hours a day, under all weather conditions, anywhere in the world.
Commercial Satellites – Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) de México ordered an end-to-end turnkey satellite communications system that will become Mexico's next-generation telecommunications system. Boeing will design and deliver a complete system. Boeing is also under contract to build satellites to replenish and extend the global communications services of Intelsat and Inmarsat, two of the world's largest satellite services providers. For Intelsat, Boeing is building four 702MP satellites – designated Intelsat 21, Intelsat 22, Intelsat 27 and a spacecraft yet to be named – that will refresh and add new telecommunications capacity to Intelsat's global satellite fleet, distributing video, data and voice services from Asia and Africa to the Americas and Europe. For Inmarsat, Boeing is under contract for three 702HP satellites that will provide new services including maritime, aeronautical, and land mobile broadband communication services in the Ka-band for a wide variety of commercial and government users. Boeing also will provide L- and Ka-band capacity services to key users within the U.S. government through a distribution partnership with Inmarsat. Boeing is also under contract for two geomobile satellites for LightSquared, formerly known as SkyTerra LP . The first was launched in 2010 and a second is scheduled for a 2012 launch.
Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) – Boeing is currently building three satellites in the TDRS series, TDRS K, L, and M. The first will be launched in 2012. The satellites incorporate a modern design based on flight-proven performance. The three previous TDRS satellites were based on Boeing 702HP-class electronics, which are still the standard for the newest spacecraft Boeing is building today. Boeing is also upgrading NASA's TDRS system ground terminals.
Boeing Commercial Satellite Services – Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (BCSS) was formed in 2011. BCSS develops innovative solutions for satellite customers by marketing commercial satellite telecommunications services to the U.S. government and other satellite users. The initial target market for BCSS is the U.S. government; future plans include teaming with commercial satellite operators to provide other types of customized communications capacity, including services to foreign governments.
Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) – WGS offers greatly increased communications capacity, coverage and operational flexibility for the warfighter. The WGS constellation , which is comprised of nine high-capacity communications satellites, with options for three more, is alleviating severe bandwidth shortfalls and reducing reliance on costly commercial SATCOM.
Exploration Launch Systems – Exploration Launch Systems supports NASA on the strategy and policy of Space Exploration programs through the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Ala., including development of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the nation's new human-rated heavy lift transportation system that will enable the human exploration of destinations beyond Earth orbit, such as the moon, asteroids and Mars. In late 2011, NASA executed a contract modification that transferred Upper Stage Production and Instrument Unit Avionics contracts to a single contract for design and development of the cryogenic stages for the SLS. Boeing is providing core stages and avionics unit design and development support to NASA at MSFC, with final manufacturing at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La. First launch is scheduled for 2017. ELS also provides overall leadership and integration of programs and functions in Huntsville for Space Exploration.
Launch Products and Services – Boeing Launch Products and Services is responsible for two Boeing subsidiaries: Boeing Commercial Space Company (BCSC) and Boeing Launch Services. BCSC provides payload accommodations and related services to Sea Launch, a commercial launch provider of communications satellites, which Boeing developed with the current owner, RSC Energia. Boeing Launch Services markets and provides Delta launch services to the commercial community. Boeing procures these services from ULA.
Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) – Boeing's Florida Operations at Kennedy Space Center serves as NASA's prime contractor for the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract, conducting payload processing, mission cargo preparations, testing for launch vehicle compatibility, and operation/maintenance of associated facilities and ground systems.
Commercial Crew Development – Boeing has earned two Space Act Agreement awards to support NASA's thrust into commercial crew efforts toward destinations in low Earth orbit. Boeing's Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS) includes the CST-100 spacecraft, launch services and ground systems. The CST-100 is a reusable capsule-shaped spacecraft that has a crew module and service module. The CCTS will provide safe, affordable access to the International Space Station and other destinations in low Earth orbit, and will enable NASA to focus on deep space exploration missions.
International Space Station (ISS) – As the prime contractor, Boeing is responsible for the design, development, construction and integration of the ISS and assisting NASA in operating the orbital outpost. Boeing built all of the station's major U.S. elements. Boeing also is responsible for integrating the systems, procedures and components of 15 participating countries in this worldwide enterprise. Today, Boeing performs much of the sustaining engineering for the ISS.