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Pony Express 2

Enhance Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control
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Keeping the Warfighter connected

Pony Express 2 is a Lockheed Martin mission containing two Terran Orbital 12U Renegade-class space vehicle platforms designed to demonstrate and improve the technology readiness level of various payloads and vehicle components. It integrates four payloads which provide tactical communications systems; a Ka-band crosslink and mesh network; precision relative ranging and time synchronization across satellites; and a high-end CPU/processor.

Pony Express 2 will further advance cloud networking concepts among satellites, as well as validating Lockheed Martin’s SmartSat™ software-defined satellite architecture which enables streamlined hosting of flexible mission apps. Equipped with miniaturized cross-link and precision timing, Pony Express 2 is a trailblazer for autonomous teaming in space and true cloud networking.

The satellites will operate in identical orbits with an approximate separation distance.






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March 4, 2024

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