Space Systems

Linking Antarctic Researchers to the World

Nearly 21 years after its launch, a Lockheed Martin-built satellite within the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) recently turned its attention to a new mission—supporting the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole, where communicating with the rest of the world has always been a challenge.


Amundsen-Scott Station’s location at 90 degrees south, right at the South Pole, makes communications with the remote science station difficult. Even for orbiting satellites, the extreme geographic latitude makes maintaining continuous communication links impossible for a station that up to 100 researchers call home. With few other options, periodic connections are still better than none, but the time to upload and download valuable research data and other communications is invaluable. Learn More

Photo: National Science Foundation




From production advancements like 3-D printing and digital design, we’re helping reduce the cost and cycle time of building today’s payloads and satellites. Our payload Centers of Excellence are driving next-generation, mission-enabling payload development, and the modernized A2100 satellite bus is powering the next information revolution and driving the convergence between customers. But beyond innovation, we have a unique asset that is driving change. Our Advanced Technology Center is an internal R&D organization that serves to not only support innovation but technological invention as well.  We are inventing enablers that lead to “generation after next” solutions and capabilities.



Revitalizing Proven Platforms


In today’s data-driven world, consumers demand ever-increasing access to information. That access, enabled by space technology, connects people, generates information about the world, and shares that information around the globe.


We’re working hard engineering satellites that are resilient, affordable and flexible. We’re applying innovation to deliver value to government and commercial customers in the form of better buying power and applying our broad mission expertise to help them pave the way for tomorrow’s architectures.

As a leader in space, we’re not just satellite manufacturers. Our role is to give people the access to the information they need. Since Satcom-1 unleashed a media revolution in 1975, we have launched more than 100 commercial satellites that serve a host of missions.

Our proven A2100 satellite serves as the common framework behind our production programs and has been adopted for commercial and governmental use including the next generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite–R series (GOES-R) weather satellites, Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) government communications satellites, and the new Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellites.


Mission Solutions

The Mission Solutions line of business has a diverse portfolio. The team deploys engineering and sustainment services to many satellite programs such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) – and also specializes in intelligence analysis and analytics processing. In support of the Department of Defense and customers within the United States Intelligence Community, Mission Solutions is a leader in developing enterprise ground solutions for the entire tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination (TCPED) cycle.

Mission Solutions


Impacting Education

Advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a critical focus for Lockheed Martin. We know firsthand the importance of educating our young people in these areas. Our future success — and our nation’s technological advantage — depend on a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent.