Eyes on the Earth: Scoping Satellites' Reach

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What do satellites do? You might know they beam down signals powering our TVs and broadband connections. But their importance goes well beyond to applications that protect and sometimes save us, touching our daily lives in numerous and profound ways.

Satellites touch a range of 21st-century issues, such as climate change and meteorology, farming, construction, mining, surveying, supply chain management, security and more.

NAVIGATION

Major communications networks, banking systems, financial markets and power grids depend on the Global Positioning System (GPS), and the technology is embedded in U.S. military equipment. The GPS constellation of satellites allows anyone with a handheld receiver to know where they are.

 
HOW IT WORKS
GUIDES USER TO LOCALES
GPS, operated and maintained by the U.S. Air Force, is available to everyone, everywhere on Earth. It’s commonly used in vehicles for direction service, on smart phones and by the military, especially in treacherous conditions.

WEATHER

Satellites allow meteorologists to track weather around the globe, and help them monitor the effects of volcanic eruptions and other natural phenomena. They also survey ocean temperatures, sea levels and currents, and measure glaciers.

HOW IT WORKS
PROVIDES EARLY WARNING
Lockheed Martin is building the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next vastly-improved weather satellites – the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series. These satellites will monitor the Western hemisphere 24 hours a day and provide real-time weather data for the National Weather Service. Lockheed Martin has built more than 100 weather and earth science satellites for the U.S. government.

AGRICULTURE

Major communications networks, banking systems, financial markets and power grids depend on the Global Positioning System (GPS), and the technology is embedded in U.S. military equipment. The GPS constellation of satellites allows anyone with a handheld receiver to know where they are.

HOW IT WORKS
PROVIDES FARMING DATA
Communications in the world’s polar regions have always been extremely challenging, yet these areas are seeing increased interest for shipping, natural resource exploration and tourism. A revolutionary new military satellite communications system is enabling communications in these harsh environments.

ARCTIC COVERAGE

Communications in the world’s Polar Regions have always been extremely challenging, yet these areas are seeing increased interest for shipping, natural resource exploration and tourism. A revolutionary new military satellite communications system is enabling communications in these harsh environments.

HOW IT WORKS
PROTECTS REMOTE AREAS
The U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System is expanding military satellite communication coverage deeper into the Artic than ever before, bringing with it more safety and security.

SPACE

Satellite-based telescopes have measured the age of the universe and uncovered amazing information on galaxies, stars and black holes. Their potential for future space discovery is immeasurable.

HOW IT WORKS
A VIEW FROM ABOVE
For NASA, Lockheed Martin has built space-based telescopes, such as Hubble and Spitzer, to provide much sharper images of the universe, unobscured by the Earth’s atmosphere. Other satellite-based telescopes like NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph study the sun. These satellites have fundamentally changed our understanding of our solar system and the universe.

SAFETY

Satellites can track forest fires, oil spills and air pollution, aiding emergency response in nature and man-made disasters. These technologies enhance the response time and accuracy in dangerous and remote areas, and provide much-needed communications.

HOW IT WORKS
LEAD RESPONDERS
Satellites-linked distress radio beacons guide rescuers to crisis locations using GPS. When power lines are down, satellites can also provide life-saving communication anywhere on Earth.

DEFENSE

Satellites secure voice and data communications for diplomatic and military personnel in the field, as well as for their commanders and national leaders – on land, at sea and in the air.

HOW IT WORKS
ENABLES COMMUNICATION
The Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite network delivers protected communications links for national leaders and also transmits tactical military communications, including real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting.

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