Stories of Innovation


The world is facing complex challenges that call for innovative solutions - solutions that help defend global security, push the boundaries of scientific discovery and deliver essential services to citizens around the globe.



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Cognitive Radio

Could Cognitive Computing Eliminate Weak Wi-Fi?

All communication transmissions depend on the radio frequency spectrum—which has a limited number of frequencies. Many are given to broadcasting organizations as well as police and other emergency services. Every wireless phone, computer, or toy has a frequency that had to be either purchased by a telecommunications company or provisioned by the government. With all of the devices looking for a channel, we’ve run out of room on the spectrum.

brain-powered machine learning

Brain-Powered Machine Learning

Reports show the number of concussions continues to grow in amateur and professional sports. In response, Lockheed Martin neuroscience engineer Bill Rose and a small team of researchers have been studying how to apply machine learning algorithms to brain images from fMRI scans.

Red Planet

Exploring the Red Planet Here on Earth

While The Martian is a work of science fiction, the principles behind survival on the Red Planet are very real—and, in fact, are already being applied by engineers at Lockheed Martin every day. From MAVEN to InSight, ISS cargo missions to the ship that will take us to Mars, learn more about the work being done to prepare for a potential future on Mars.

duck boat

Not Your Grandfather's Duck Boat

How do you get a vehicle that weighs over twenty tons to float? Thanks to the insights from the ancient Greek philosopher Archimedes, we know that for an object to float, the volume of water displaced by the object must weigh the same or more as the object itself. That’s where design comes into play.


Innovating Beyond the U-2

Imagined and built by Skunk Works in the early 1950s, the U-2 boasts an iconic legacy as one of the few planes to operate during the Cold War and remain in operation today. Sixty years after its first flight, the U-2’s incredible technological and operational capabilities are enabling missions from natural disaster support to intelligence gathering.

Unmanned Systems

Underwater or on Land - All Unmanned

Imagine a truck convoy hauling freight on the highway without front seat drivers, or a small vehicle plumbing the ocean depths to inspect a deep-sea oil rig while sailors remain safe. Not confined to the skies, unmanned ground and undersea capabilities are expanding the safety and effectiveness of exploration and military missions around the world.


What it Takes to Build a Hypersonic Vehicle

The Enterprise and Millennium Falcon travel at speeds well over Mach 5 - and we dream of the day we too can zoom across the galaxy in a few short hours. With this dream in mind, our researchers are taking lessons from early hypersonic flights and the latest in aviation technology to design the next wave of hypersonic vehicles.


Extracting Secrets from an Asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission aims to visit the small asteroid named Bennu and collect and return a sample of regolith - which holds information on the composition and the processes that have shaped the object’s evolution. Why? To give us the greatest clues yet into how life originated here on Earth. Learn how one small object tested in the mountains of Colorado will help make it happen.


Designing the Next-Generation Army Truck

Over the next few years, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, better known as the JLTV, will enter the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps fleets, eventually replacing the Humvee as one of the most iconic military vehicles in history. Curious how the JLTV stacks up against the everyday truck? Read on to learn more about the amazing capability embedded into its holistic design.

Fantastic Four

Four Fantastic Materials Science Principles in Action

While becoming invisible or changing your shape may seem like science fiction, the principles driving these abilities are very real—and, in fact, are already being applied by scientists every day. As research into materials science continues, industries around the world will benefit from an entire new set of solutions available at their fingertips—whether it is developing more efficient power sources, redesigning airplanes or traveling even deeper into space.

Laika BOSS

Software Worth Sharing: Our Secret Sauce for Cyber Threat Detection

Cyber analysts work endlessly to out-innovate cyber criminals on a daily basis. Oftentimes, this means creating solutions where none exist in the open marketplace. Learn how a tool designed to protect Lockheed Martin from malicious software is now is now being shared with the cyber security community at large.


The Automation Future: Smart Technology On Board the Navy’s Newest Ship

On July 18, the Navy christened its newest littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock. In 2016, it will join four other Freedom-class variants in patrolling the world’s shorelines and open seas. On each of these ships, onboard automation is essential to keeping machines healthy and crews happy. Read on for three technologies that engineers are applying to the LCS design to simplify life at sea.


Software You Wish You Had: Inside the F-35 Supercomputer

There’s no doubt a fighter jet is a modern marvel of aerospace engineering, but it may come as a surprise that the F-35 also houses enough computer programs to make any software engineer drool. Each jet will have more than 8 million lines of code—more than any other U.S. or allied jet in history.

New Horizons Meets Pluto

A Rendezvous with Pluto: Powering a Probe for 3 Billion Miles

New Horizons is revealing to the world the very best images of Pluto we have ever seen and will complete the initial exploration of the ninth body in the classical solar system. And as it has since launch day, the power system Lockheed Martin worked on will continue to power the probe for this historic flyby, as well as whatever may come next.

Comic Book vs. Real Laser Technology

Science Fiction vs. Science Fact

Lasers are a hallmark of iconic comic series and science fiction novels. While their capabilities and uses vary, in most cases, lasers are highly accurate, work instantaneously and cause minimal collateral damage. But does any of the technology behind these futuristic laser-based systems have a parallel in real-life laser technology? Actually, more than you might think.


Powering the Internet of Things

Satellites enabled smart phones, cable television, ATMs, GPS navigation, climate monitoring and more. Emerging technology is bringing into view the Internet of Things – an increasing number of objects with a digital footprint and integrated into a broader network. As this bold, new world arises, a modernized version of a highly successful Lockheed Martin satellite stands poised to usher in the new era.

Space Traffic Control

Space Traffic Control

As more and more objects are launched into space, our ability to precisely plan missions and detect, track and catalog millions of pieces of space debris will become increasingly important.To cope with the congestion, researchers are drawing up precise calculations to determine ideal launch windows, controlling flight paths for spacecraft already in orbit, and developing advanced systems to track and classify hundreds of thousands of pieces of space debris.

Aircraft Quiz

Quiz: Which Lockheed Martin Aircraft Are You?

Lockheed Martin is known for developing the most advanced aircraft in the world. Each aircraft’s strengths and abilities are derived from strategic research and development—whether it is the air superiority of an advanced tactical fighter or the physical endurance of a strategic airlifter. So, which Lockheed Martin aircraft are you most like? Take this quiz to find out.


Mars InSight to Unlock Secrets of Planet’s Interior

Mars exploration missions are critical for greater understanding about the red planet and what it may take for humans to survive there. InSight will be the first to record measurements of Mars’ interior and provide the greatest clues yet into evolutionary processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system.


To Cyber Protect and Defend

Lockheed Martin’s cyber experts not only build protective systems – using things like firewalls, authentication systems and encryption software – but also continually defend those systems from cyberattack.

laser technology

Science Fiction vs. Science Fact

Lasers are a hallmark of iconic comic series and science fiction novels. While their capabilities and uses vary, in most cases, lasers are highly accurate, work instantaneously and cause minimal collateral damage. But does any of the technology behind these futuristic laser-based systems have a parallel in real-life laser technology? Actually, more than you might think.

Energy on Tap

Energy on Tap: Five Cool Facts About Energy Storage

At every corner of the world, there is more demand than ever on the power grid. To counter this demand, technologists are introducing new, increasingly cost-effective ways to store energy and draw from it on demand.