How Do Satellites Improve Your World?
From creature comforts to critical technology, satellites improve everyday life on Earth. It’s commonly understood that satellites beam down TV signals and broadband connection, but they also assist in many less-known industries including banking, agriculture and climate monitoring.
During Satellite Week in Washington D.C., Lockheed Martin is showcasing how space and satellite technology benefit life on earth. The week-long celebration, kicking off March 10, is centered on Satellite 2014, a gathering of more than 12,000 satellite professionals featuring speakers and panels covering the latest in satellite technology.
Workhorse: One Satellite, Many Missions
What if one satellite could do everything from predicting weather to providing secure military communications? It seems impossible, but that’s exactly what Lockheed Martin’s A2100 has delivered to both commercial and government customers. With more than 40 satellites built on a common framework, the A2100 has proven its worth through its family of satellites including AEHF, which delivers jam-proof connectivity for heads of state and troops alike, and MUOS, which improves secure voice and data communications for U.S. forces on the move.
Building on its demonstrated performance, the A2100 is currently undergoing a comprehensive modernization resulting in a shorter build cycle, reduced cost, and longer orbit life – all while making the satellite more capable.
Connecting the Most Remote Place on Earth
The North Pole is arguably the most desolate place on earth. Bitterly cold and in full darkness during winter, the artic is thought of as a barren landscape. But things are changing. Activity in the arctic is growing as the polar ice cap recedes.
More people, shipping, exploration and search and rescue expose the need for secure communications to protect the region. However, getting satellite communications signal is extremely difficult. And that’s where Lockheed Martin’s MUOS satellite – short for Mobile User Objective System – is stepping in to help bring communication to an entirely new region of the world.
MUOS recently underwent tests to better understand how it could bring communication to the artic. The results revealed that MUOS covers more of the arctic than it was designed for. And the satellite will also be able to offer first-of-its-kind communications that mimic many smartphone features including secure communication, data and voice.
You Can’t Get There Without Launch
Satellites provide technology to earth, but they can’t travel to space without a successful launch. Lockheed Martin pioneered the space transportation business and boasts an unparalleled 99% mission success rate. Decades of experience have yielded an unprecedented record, including more than 220 Titan flights, more than 600 Atlas flights, more than 120 space shuttle flights and seven Athena flights.
Through the Atlas V and Athena, Lockheed Martin can launch any payload to any orbit. As the exclusive provider of commercial Atlas rockets, we provide the commercial industry access to one of the most reliable launch vehicles in the world. In addition, the Athena series of vehicles draw from over 50 years of strategic missile technologies to provide complete mission flexibility specializing in ride shares or small satellite constellations.
March 7, 2014