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  • 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.

  • Lockheed Martin built GEO Flight 3 Satellite returns first images

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 30th, 2017

    The United States Air Force’s GEO Flight 3 surveillance satellite recently returned its first images, an event known as “first light”.

  • Insider Exclusive: Orion designed to keep crew in the ‘loop’

    Jason RhianFebruary 1st, 2017

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas — NASA's next crew-rated spacecraft, Orion, has been engineered so that the vehicle is designed with the crews – who will fly on it – firmly in mind. Its windows, flight controls, even the seats for the roughly 22,899 lbs (10,387 kg) vehicle are being carefully crafted to guarantee mission success.

  • Next SBIRS missile detection satellite set for launch

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to send the third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-3) into space for the U.S. military. The $1.2 billion satellite will be part of a system designed to spot missiles threatening the United States or its allies.

  • Lockheed Martin tapped to build NASA’s Lucy spacecraft

    Jason RhianJanuary 9th, 2017

    NASA has recently announced that the U.S. space agency is planning on sending two new Discovery Program missions to investigate leftovers of the formation of the early Solar System. One of these two spacecraft, Lucy, will be built by Lockheed Martin.

  • Lockheed Martin, USAF set to upgrade GPS ground support systems

    David BrownDecember 29th, 2016

    In Dec. 2016, Lockheed Martin, in concert with the U.S. Air Force, announced that it is ready to "proceed with software development and systems engineering to modify the existing GPS ground control system”. These modifications are designed to support the new and more capable GPS III system scheduled for launch in the Spring of 2018 replacing the existing GPS IIR, IIR-M, and IIF satellites.

  • Lockheed Martin completes assembly of GOES-S weather satellite

    Curt GodwinDecember 21st, 2016

    Although the recently launched GOES-R series satellite, since designated GOES-16, has yet to enter operation, Lockheed Martin hasn't been idle. The second member of the GOES-R series of weather satellites, GOES-S, is now complete and undergoing mechanical and environmental tests to ensure the spacecraft can handle the rigors of launch and harshness of space.

  • Lockheed Martin receives order for additional GPS satellites

    Scott JohnsonOctober 3rd, 2016

    Lockheed Martin announced last week that the U.S. Air Force has exercised $395 million in contract options and ordered the construction of two additional GPS III satellites – bringing the total on order from the Maryland-based company to 10.

  • Orion heat shield arrives at Kennedy Space Center

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 22nd, 2016

    The titanium truss structure component (along with its composite "skin") of the Exploration Mission (EM) -1 Orion crew capsule heat shield has arrived at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. With this new portion of hardware in place, NASA is one step closer to conducting the maiden flight of the SLS rocket.

  • NASA extends science operations of IRIS solar observation spacecraft

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 21st, 2016

    NASA has decided to extend science operations of its IRIS space observatory dedicated to studying the Sun's lower atmosphere. The $19.4 million extension contract awarded by the agency secures the manufacturer’s support for the mission through September 2018 and provides additional cooperation with ground observatories worldwide.

  • ULA preparing to launch WorldView-4 satellite from Vandenberg

    Eric ShearSeptember 15th, 2016

    ULA is ready to launch the the WorldView-4 satellite from SLC-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Friday, Sept. 16. Previously known as GeoEye-2, the spacecraft was manufactured by Lockheed Martin and is operated by DigitalGlobe.

  • NASA conducts ninth Orion drop test at Langley

    Jason RhianAugust 26th, 2016

    HAMPTON, Va. — NASA conducted the ninth drop test of the space agency's Orion spacecraft at Langley Research Center on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The test began at 3:30 p.m. EDT (07:30 GMT) with the mockup of the spacecraft being dropped into about 20 feet of water at the Center's Landing and Impact Research Facility.

  • NOAA’s GOES-R weather satellite delivered to Astrotech for final processing

    Jason RhianAugust 24th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NOAA's new GOES-R satellite has been delivered to Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida. The delivery of the spacecraft sets the stage for the satellite's planned Nov. 4, 2016, launch.

  • NextSTEP-2 companies to develop deep space habitat prototypes

    Derek RichardsonAugust 13th, 2016

    Earlier this week, NASA selected six U.S. companies to develop deep space habitat ground prototypes under the second Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement. The goal of these partnerships is to advance commercial development of space while supporting human spaceflight missions to beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO).

  • Lockheed Martin’s ‘SkyFire’ aims to boldly go where no other CubeSat has gone

    Curt GodwinAugust 9th, 2016

    Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with NASA to launch and deploy its 6U SkyFire CubeSat on the agency's maiden launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) in 2018 in an effort to increase our understanding of Earth's closest neighbor.