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  • U.S. Air Force declares first GPS III satellite ‘Available for Launch’

    Jim SharkeyOctober 14th, 2017

    On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the U.S. Air Force declared that the first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite will be "Available for Launch" in 2018.

  • Lockheed Martin unveils its ‘Mars Base Camp’ initiative

    Jason RhianSeptember 29th, 2017

    While NASA is working toward its Journey to Mars, contractors working with the space agency have started announcing their own plans. SpaceX was also slated to make its own announcement about Mars. Now, Lockheed Martin has thrown its hat into the Martian ring. During the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held in Adelaide, Australia, Lockheed Martin announced its new Mars Base Camp initiative.

  • U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use (MCEU) ground system upgrade contract

    Press ReleaseSeptember 20th, 2017

    DENVER, Sept. 12, 2017 – The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $45.5 million contract to provide Military Code (M-Code) Early Use (MCEU) capability to the Global Positioning System (GPS).

  • Second GPS III satellite completes strenuous launch environment test

    Jim SharkeySeptember 8th, 2017

    Before a satellite can begin its operational life on orbit, it must first survive the extreme sound pressure and punishing vibrations caused by over 700,000 pounds-force (3,110 kN) of rocket thrust. On July 13, 2017, Lockheed Martin's second GPS III satellite (GPS III SV02) successfully completed acoustic environmental testing.

  • NASA’s EM-1 Orion powers up for the first time

    Bart LeahyAugust 24th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and Lockheed Martin powered up the computer systems of the Orion spacecraft for the first time last week at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at the Kennedy Space Center. The uncrewed spacecraft will fly atop the Space Launch System (SLS) on Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) in 2019.

  • Lockheed Martin’s A2100 bus modernized and poised for new missions

    Jason RhianAugust 11th, 2017

    Engineers with Colorado-based Lockheed Martin have finished integrating the first, modernized, A2100 satellite – an upgraded version of a design that has been successfully deployed numerous times in the past. What will become the Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 satellite will now undergo final assembling and testing and is slated to launch in the first half of next year (2018).

  • Lockheed Martin provides details into use of Shuttle-era cargo pods for proposed cislunar habitat

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 8th, 2017

    Lockheed Martin was recently selected by NASA to build a full-scale prototype of a cislunar habitat. The development of the habitation module is part of the Phase II contract for the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program.

  • Lockheed Martin announces plans to build prototype cislunar habitat

    Curt GodwinJuly 26th, 2017

    Though NewSpace companies may garner the lion's share of headlines when it comes to reusing flight hardware, there are members of the industry's old guard who are keen to show that reusability isn't a skill held solely by the newcomers.

  • Super Guppy transports SLS test hardware from Marshall

    Scott JohnsonJuly 14th, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA's Super Guppy aircraft made an appearance in Huntsville earlier this week at the Redstone Arsenal airfield, adjacent to the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). The aircraft was in town to retrieve the MSFC-manufactured Space Launch System Orion Stage Adapter structural test article and transport the hardware to Lockheed Martin's facilities in Colorado.

  • Five Seconds of Fury: Orbital ATK conducts test fire of Launch Abort Motor

    Jason RhianJune 16th, 2017

    PROMONTORY, Utah — With a brief flash of highly controlled power, Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully conducted a test of a system designed to increase safety and to save lives.

  • Orbital ATK poised to test Orion Launch Abort Motor

    Jason RhianJune 14th, 2017

    PROMONTORY, Utah — On Thursday, June 15, 2017, NASA, Orbital ATK, and Lockheed Martin are slated to carry out the first of three qualification ground tests (QM-1) of the Launch Abort Motor being developed for use on the space agency's Orion spacecraft.

  • MUOS-5 Now Supporting Troops with UHF Communications

    Paul KnightlyApril 28th, 2017

    The fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite is now delivering secure communications to troops using its Ultra High Frequency (UHF) telecommunications system. This comes as the U.S. Navy, partnered with the Army Forces Strategic Command, have worked to bring MUOS-5 into operation after it successfully completed on-orbit testing on January 19, 2017.

  • MAVEN finds metal in Mars’ atmosphere

    Jim SharkeyApril 13th, 2017

    NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft has discovered electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in the atmosphere of Mars. The metal ions help provide clues about previously invisible activity with Mars' electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere).

  • NASA leaders visit Lockheed Martin in Littleton

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 9th, 2017

    On April 5, 2017, acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot and other top agency officials visited Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, to see progress on the various missions the company is working on.

  • Lockheed Martin brings Mars Experience to students

    Vikash MahadeoApril 6th, 2017

    ORLANDO, Fla. — On April 6, 2017, Lockheed Martin showcased its Mars Experience Bus to students at Walker Middle School. The vehicle is a modified school bus that aims to bring the experience of Mars exploration to students across the United States.