Our Performance



We are focused on providing high-quality innovative solutions support global security missions and complex challenges for the next generation.

A Fuel Efficient Frontline
The U.S. military depends on operational energy to ensure aircraft are properly equipped to perform critical mission requirements a the leading cause of battlefield casualties relates to the delivery of fuel and water to troops, and the largest consumer of fuel in the battlefield is generator systems.

In 2012, the Office of U.S. Naval Research awarded Lockheed Martin a new contract to design and develop a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) generator that can be integrated with solar panels, providing the power to perform missions while using dramatically less fuel. The goal is to reduce overall fuel usage required for tactical electrical generation by 50 percent or more. (see chart at right) Our SOFC generator system operates directly on JP-8 jet fuel and reduces fuel requirements by half. Additional operational benefits include a reduced thermal signature, fewer carbon, nitrous oxide and soot emissions, quieter operation and less maintenance requirements.

Fuel Efficiency – Our Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) genset is more fuel efficient than the standard small gensets, such as the 3-kW Tactical Quiet Generators (TQG).

Simpler Software ArchitecturesWe live in a world of big data. Exponential increases in software code size and complexity due to the increased capabilities and data-processing capacity of large-scale systems require multiple processors working in parallel to meet our customers’ real-time requirements. While the size, weight, power and performance characteristics of multi-core processors make them well suited for implementation in complex systems, software optimized for such processors is more complex than software that is optimized for single-cores. Additionally, systems’ legacy software must be reconfigured to run efficiently on multi-core processors.

Working with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, we developed a technique for run-time optimization of single-core code for multi-core processors. It slashes the cost and schedule barriers to adopting multi-core processors by allowing for code reuse and new software simplification. With fewer processing cards produced, sustainability benefits include reduced material waste, increased fuel efficiency of host platforms and less electronic waste generated during component production and system disposal due to the use of smaller and fewer components.

Nanotechnology can offer significant sustainability benefits by reducing materials use. Already, we are deploying carbon nano-materials to build stronger, lighter and higher-performing structures with additional electrical and mechanical properties for use on the F-35®aircraft and the Juno spacecraft.

In 2012, we launched or joined a series of high-profile initiatives to further develop this transformational technology.

  • We established an industry-led consortium that will work to accelerate the development of affordable, high-performance carbon nanostructure-enhanced materials and transition them into products and commercial markets. The Carbon Nanostructures Consortium is part of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), announced by the White House in an effort to double the speed and cut the cost of discovering and deploying new advanced materials and to revive and revolutionize American manufacturing.
  • We joined several companies to sponsor nanotechnology research at the University of Texas-Austin that could lead to advances in multi-scale nano-manufacturing, modeling and simulation.
  • We announced a new collaboration with the London (UK) Centre for Nanotechnology, a world-class research hub, to develop transformational quantum and nanotechnologies.

Flight Line of the Future
Flight lines are the areas of an airfield where aircraft are parked and serviced. In 2012, we began working with cadet teams from U.S. service academies to develop innovative technologies that improve flight line logistics and sustainment while reducing waste and cost. Teams began using modeling and simulation to optimize a flight line set up for a bare-bones air base in a new environment.

Security under the Sea
Our Marlin™ Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) conducted the oil and gas industry’s first commercial unmanned offshore platform and site inspections in the Gulf of Mexico, demonstrating its ability to help companies conduct faster, smarter and more frequent subsea inspections. The Marlin AUV successfully inspected fixed platforms, the surrounding seabed, and partially decommissioned work sites undergoing clearance activities. 

Operating from a small utility class vessel, the 10-foot long AUV logged more than 62 hours of submerged operations covering 72 miles of seabed. While at sea, the Marlin AUV generated accurate 3-D geo-referenced models of platforms and surrounding seabed, allowing operators to manage what they typically cannot see. This game-changing technology could bring significant benefits when hurricanes blow through the Gulf of Mexico. Typically, it can take energy companies more than a week to inspect their rigs and pipelines before returning production levels to normal.

Where We Are Going

Staying at the leading edge of science and engineering is critical to Lockheed Martin’s future. As we embed sustainability, the science of citizenship, more deeply into the development and delivery of our products and services, we will look to increase environmental and social benefits without sacrificing quality.

The process also means applying our ingenuity to new global security challenges, such as fresh water availability. Competition for access to clean drinking water poses instability and potential state failure in multiple regions. To bolster water security, our engineers are developing a patented process to filter seawater.

The process enables water filter makers to produce thin carbon membranes with regular holes about a billionth of a meter wide, which allows water to pass through while blocking the salt molecules in seawater. It takes much less energy to push seawater through our filter— meaning underdeveloped countries wouldn’t need expensive pumping stations.

Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium
We actively pursue innovative fields of science and engineering that offer potentially significant sustainability benefits. For example, in early 2013, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory announced that the FlexTech Alliance of San Jose, Ca., which leads a team including Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories, will receive a $5.4 million award. The team will form a consortium to build prototypes to remotely monitor the health and performance of their systems in real time. The Alliance will launch a new manufacturing initiative with world-class researchers that will operate at the junction of nanotechnology, biotechnology, additive manufacturing and flexible electronics.

"We see it as an opportunity"

Dr. Ray Johnson, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, connects sustainability, engineering and innovation.

Innovate the Future Challenge Grand Prize Winner

Aeronautics’ Charles Chase won the $25,000 top prize in our 2012 Innovate the Future Challenge. In this video, he describes the technology behind his winning concept for electrical power from low-wind speed and what it was like to be selected as grand prize winner.

50 Years of Weather Satellites

We operate the world’s longest-running production satellite program for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program providing strategic and tactical weather-prediction services to aid in planning land, sea and air operations. Equipped with a sophisticated sensor suite, the satellite collects specialized global meteorological, oceanographic and solar-geophysical information in all weather conditions.