Stories of Innovation


The world is facing complex challenges that call for innovative solutions - solutions that help defend global security, push the boundaries of scientific discovery and deliver essential services to citizens around the globe.


How it Works:
F-35 Climatic Testing

Within the decade, the F-35 Lightning II will be deployed to all corners of the globe—from the icy mountains of Norway to the scorching desert of Australia—and we must ensure the aircraft can perform in these dynamic environments. 


Legion Pod: Five Fast Facts

Meet Legion Pod™ – our newest sensor system. Using an IRST21™ infrared sensor, networking and advanced processing technology, Legion Pod helps warfighters complete their missions while staying out of harm’s way. Want to learn more? Check out these five fast facts. 


Power Distribution Just Got Smarter

In addition to building up new energy sources or finding new reserves of traditional energy, we see an additional way to meet growing energy demands – improving energy efficiency through engineering and innovation.


Cloning Qubits: A New Way to Converse in Quantum Computing

Quantum computing represents an infinite realm of possibilities when it comes to sifting and sorting through incredible amounts of data. No small challenge when you consider that a 2013 report found that 90 percent of the world’s data was generated in just two years.


By the Numbers: Surprising Energy Sources and Technologies

With more than seven billion people on the planet and counting, we need to find new, clean ways of generating power to meet the growing demand for energy-dependent food and water production. 


The Case For Lasers And Sensors On Ships

Ever wonder what it takes to check the oil on a 388-foot, 3,400-ton, U.S. Navy warship? Here’s a hint -- it’s not a really long dipstick. Give up?

The answer is lasers. 


Eleven Ways We’ve Been Studying Weather and Climate

Since the 1950s, Lockheed Martin has developed satellites, Doppler weather radars, upper-air observing systems, hurricane-hunter aircraft, and weather data information systems for federal agencies. The information we gather from these sources helps to improve forecasts, allocate resources more efficiently and save lives.


Big Data in Deep Space

When Orion launched on December 5, 2014 for its historic EFT-1 mission over 1,200 sensors output a significant amount of flight data. The next mission, EM-1, will produce more data; faster. This data represents the voice of Orion, but what good is a voice when no one is listening? Mach-5 Insight™ listens and talks back. This incredible conversation enables the future of space exploration.


Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1)

EFT-1 will provide engineers with data about systems critical to crew safety such as heat shield performance, separation events, avionics and software performance, attitude control and guidance, parachute deployment, and recovery operations to validate designs of the spacecraft before it begins carrying humans to new destinations in deep space.


Seven Surprising Stories about Lockheed Martin and Ground Vehicles

We’ve invested in ground vehicles for more than three decades and we’re proud of our contributions. Here are some fun facts about our ground vehicles you might not have known.


Speedy Qubits Lead the Quantum Evolution

There are a few defining moments of innovation that we can point to that changed the future. The first automobile in 1769, the first flight in 1903, the invention of the transistor in 1947…each one of these moments started a revolution leading to new technology that shaped the daily lives of people across the globe. Today, we see quantum computing as that next big moment.


Five Things You Might Not Know About the F-35

You may know that the F-35 Lightning II is the only 5th Generation multi-role stealth fighter in the world, and that it is built by Lockheed Martin employees at a facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Here are five things that may surprise you about the F-35 Lightning II.