Space

SPACE


Someday is closer than we think

Astronauts on Mars. 3D printed satellites. Lasers on the battlefield. Payloads that learn in orbit. Space technology connects millions of people around the world.

We’re accelerating tomorrow’s breakthrough to help our customers stay ahead in an ever-changing world. From satellites in space to systems on the ground, from today’s trusted performance to generation-after-next innovations, we’re delivering competitive solutions at the speed of need.
 

SATELLITES

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 create 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. We have satellites like SBIRS and MUOS that are built connect, protect and explore our world while protecting what matters most. 

DEEP SPACE

To be human is to explore. Lockheed Martin is developing advanced capabilities to usher in a new era of exploration – by humans and robots – traveling deeper into space than ever before, where greater discoveries await and where future generations will be inspired.

Planets and asteroids contain mysteries that, when unlocked, will help humanity better understand our solar system and universe and will foster greater technological breakthroughs to enhance life on Earth.

Lockheed Martin is developing a variety of spacecraft that will explore planets and asteroids in our solar system.  These capabilities will help scientists and researchers gain new insights about the solar system, universe, Earth and life origins.

Orion, NASA’s first spacecraft designed for long-duration, human-rated deep space exploration. Orion will transport humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit, such as asteroids, the moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth.

We have played a role in every NASA mission to Mars, and we have built 10 spacecraft and eight aeroshells supporting Mars missions.  Our Mars involvement with NASA continues, with the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutionN (MAVEN) and the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft promising to expand our knowledge of the planet’s upper atmosphere and deep interior, respectively.

The Juno spacecraft launched in August 2011 and will arrive at Jupiter in July 2016. The Juno mission will allow scientists and researchers to better understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter and to study the planet’s interior, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) will rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid – asteroid Bennu – to study it and return to Earth with samples that may hold clues to the origin of the solar system.

NEXT FRONTIER

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.

Lockheed Martin also enjoys a strong legacy of space telescope development. Images from Hubble have inspired awe at the grandeur of the universe while expanding knowledge. Lockheed Martin is working with the University of Arizona to develop the Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, which will serve as the primary imaging instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb will be the most powerful space telescope ever built, peering deeper into space and further back into time than any previous instrument.

We also designed, built and manage the Interface Region Imaging Spectograph (IRIS), which launched June 27, 2013. And beyond that, we are shrinking the telescope. SPIDER, a thin, scalable array of tiny lenslets piece together visual information like a jigsaw puzzle—a science called interferometry—and will eliminate all the bulk of traditional telescopes. Lighter instruments that are faster to build mean cheaper launches, multi-mission spacecraft and even benefits down here on Earth.

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.