Space Systems

IRIS

Twist, Nanoflares, Loops, ‘Bombs’ and Jets: New Solar Findings Revealed by IRIS Observatory

Just above the sun’s surface lie twisting tornadoes that accelerate plasma to speeds of over 100,000 km/hr (62,000 mph). New findings by Lockheed Martin scientists show these motions are not only more common than previously thought but also appear to heat plasma from 10,000 degrees F to at least 100,000 degrees.


Getting Ready for Orion's First Flight Test (EFT-1)

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, is set to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket December 4, 2014. The four-hour mission extends from ~7:05 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. Liftoff will occur from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Pad 37. Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) will be the first high orbital test flight for the Orion spacecraft. The flight will test systems that are critical to crew safety. EFT-1 is a significant step forward for America’s space program; it’s our first step on a journey to deep space.

 

 

How Orion Engineers Caught the "Space Bug"

Space captivates people from all backgrounds. For some, it started when they found a new favorite sci-fi novel, and for others it is a fascination with the stars above. This passion and excitement for the celestial manifests itself as the “Space Bug” – motivating people in their pursuit of the unknown.

At Lockheed Martin, we’re passionate about exploring the far reaches of the universe and expanding the boundaries of human knowledge. With Orion, humans will travel deeper into space, where greater discoveries await and where future generations will be inspired.