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  • 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.

  • 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.