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  • Lockheed Martin submits proposal for US Air Force’s GPS IIIF program

    Jim SharkeyApril 23rd, 2018

    Lockheed Martin has submitted a proposal for the U.S. Air Force's GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program, which would add new capabilities to new GPS satellites. Up to 22 next-generation spacecraft are expected to be produced under this program.

  • Lockheed Martin begins assembling Japanese JCSAT-17 communications satellite

    Jason RhianMarch 11th, 2018

    Lockheed Martin's assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) team has begun the assembly of the JCSAT-17 communications satellite, which is slated to launch atop an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, sometime in 2019.

  • Arabsat’s latest communications satellite assembled in preparation for flight

    Jason RhianFebruary 20th, 2018

    The Arabsat-6A satellite has completed primary assembly and has been shipped to Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California facilities to begin testing in preparation for flight.

  • Orion spacecraft planned for lunar mission begins construction by Lockheed Martin

    Jason RhianFebruary 14th, 2018

    Lockheed Martin has begun producing the Orion spacecraft that is planned to send NASA astronauts on a journey around the Moon. NASA's Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2) which is currently slated for a 2022 launch date has seen the first two components of the craft's pressure vessel welded together.

  • Large solar arrays deployed during tests of new Mars lander

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 26th, 2018

    The large solar arrays built to power NASA's new Mars InSight lander were unfurled for testing by engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin Space's facilities in Littleton, Colorado, on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

  • With end of Atlas V planned, ULA assumes responsibility for marketing and sales of Atlas V

    Jason RhianJanuary 22nd, 2018

    Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to move from its Atlas V and Delta IV rocket lines and toward the new "Vulcan" launch system. With some estimates only giving two years left on the rocket's launch manifest - the company has announced on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 that it had assumed responsibility for the marketing and sales of Atlas V rocket.

  • U.S.A.F’s first GPS III satellite connects with OCX system

    Jason RhianDecember 20th, 2017

    The first GPS III spacecraft slated to be sent aloft has had its communications system successfully tested when the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) sent commands to a prototype in what was deemed a "validation" of the USAF's new Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite. In so doing, it has cleared the GPS III satellite for launch.

  • Lockheed Martin completes main assembly of Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1

    Christopher PaulDecember 20th, 2017

    Lockheed Martin has completed the primary assembly of the Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 communications satellite, based on the modernized LM 2100 series spacecraft, and has shipped the satellite to its environmental testing facility in Sunnyvale, California.

  • Orion’s parachutes tested in high deserts of Arizona

    Jason RhianDecember 19th, 2017

    NASA tested parachutes for the space agency’s Orion spacecraft on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground located in Arizona. This test was the fifth meant to validate the design of the parachute system for NASA's crew-rated spacecraft.

  • U.S. Navy accepts control of MUOS-5

    Paul KnightlyNovember 30th, 2017

    The Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC) has accepted operational control of MUOS-5 from Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy’s Communications Satellite Program Office.

  • Lockheed Martin completes assembly of third GPS III satellite

    Bart LeahyNovember 30th, 2017

    Using its advanced cleanroom facility near Denver, Colorado, Lockheed Martin has fully assembled the third of its ten contracted third-generation Global Positioning System (GPS III) satellites. Lockheed Martin did not state an official delivery date for the spacecraft, dubbed GPS III Space Vehicle 03 (GPS III SV03).

  • NASA’s InSight lander completes thermal vacuum testing

    Derek RichardsonNovember 25th, 2017

    The next robotic mission to Mars, NASA's InSight lander, has undergone a thermal vacuum (TVAC) test to ensure it can survive the six-month journey to the Red Planet. The spacecraft is set to launch in May 2018.

  • Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ Part Three – Marshall

    Jason RhianNovember 22nd, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Named after General of the Army George Marshall, Marshall Space Flight Center is where NASA develops its rocket propulsion and other space flight systems. Used during the heady days of Apollo to check out the powerful F-1 engines used on the Saturn V Moon rockets, the site was later utilized to start the Space Shuttles' 30 year legacy. We wondered though, would the folks who work for NASA be the same as those we had encountered earlier on our tour?

  • Mobile Launcher work moves forward with installation of umbilicals and arrival of crew access arm

    Curt GodwinNovember 6th, 2017

    Though the maiden launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is still, at the earliest, more than two years away, work on the large rocket's Mobile Launcher (ML) moves forward in support of the first flight of the agency's next crew-rated launch vehicle.

  • 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.