Satellite Solutions: One Family. Every Mission

We’re driving technology into proven platforms to create enhanced satellites that do more, cost less and get you to orbit faster.

Every space mission depends on the seamless work between payload and spacecraft. The bus drives satellites—in more ways than one. It generates power. It’s the propulsion. It steers. Its computers make missions work. That’s why buses are so important, and at Lockheed Martin we’re introducing a new lineup of more powerful and flexible buses to meet every mission. We’ve invested in modernized buses with strong commonality that means lower costs, greater performance and faster delivery to orbit.

Why? A simple, efficient family of buses means we can get your mission moving faster. Small sats, mid-sats and GEO-sats—we have a proven heritage in all these fields. In fact, we’ve built nearly 800 spacecraft. Now we’re inserting new capability into proven buses, creating upgraded products that deliver a unique blend of new technology + experience.

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Lockheed Martin LM-Series Satellite Bus System

Nanosatellites can validate emerging technologies at a lower cost and higher risk profile.  Our buses provide the gateway for future capabilities in science and commercial exploration as reliability and mission technology continue to improve. LM 50 offers flexible power management and can scale for a variety of operational concepts. Benefitting from the technology and experience of Terran Orbital, we bring a proven mission and spacecraft approach to both innovate and deliver new compact missions.

Weight:  22-242 lbs / 10-100 kg

Power:  25-250 W

Size:  ~10X30 to ~20x40 cm rectangle

LM 400

This reconfigurable bus is inspired by our legacy of over 150 small satellite missions. This enhanced version costs 20-30% less with a suite of common products, can go to LEO and GEO orbits and can be delivered as quickly as 24 months from order. It also features higher power and more maneuverable propulsion than other satellites in this class.

Weight: 308-1,763 lbs / 140-800 kg

Power:  0.75-1.5 kW

Size:  ~3 ft2 / ~1 m2 cube

LM 1000

Designed for various orbits with a medium-size payload capacity, this bus is ideal for remote sensing missions. If you need higher power without the weight, it delivers. The unique hexagonal structure allows more room for payloads and additional solar panels for power.

Weight:  606-4,850 lbs / 275-2,200 kg

Power:  1.5-10 kW

Size:  ~6 ft / ~1.8 m tall hexagon

LM 2100

New name, upgraded performance – the modernized A2100 is now the LM 2100. Optimized for high-power missions, this bus leverages the strong history of more than 100 A2100 spacecraft. Recognized for reliability and performance, this platform has been enhanced through significant investments to deliver more power and flexibility at a lower cost and faster time to market.

Weight:  5,070-14,330 lbs / 2,300-6,500 kg

Power:  20 kW

Size: ~12x6 ft / ~3.7x1.8 m rectangle

Built for the 21st Century

Reducing weight and creating new types of structures will help us pack more capability in smaller spacecraft. That’s why we’re using—and being recognized trendsetters in—virtual design prototyping and high-tech manufacturing, like 3-D printing and advanced composites. We're adding more and more common products with an open pipeline of new standardization ideas that will lower cost even further.

Advanced Satellite Technology

3-D printed fuel tanks

3-D printed complex component shapes

Virtual reality and augmented reality for faster manufacturing, including one of the largest VR labs in the industry, the CHIL

Common Products

We’re reducing costs and increasing reliability at the same time by using trusted components across our bus family. The list will only grow as our engineers design for commonality and advanced manufacturing in new generations of spacecraft.






Mark Lewis
Lockheed Martin