At the ATC, innovation extends beyond incremental change. We push for first-of-a-kind capability with enduring impact. Whatever the application, our charter is to create game-changing technologies.
We are the research labs for Lockheed Martin Space. The ATC creates foundational technologies that inspire, protect and connect our world. Our history goes back to 1956, founded in Palo Alto, California, seeding what would become Silicon Valley. Today, we still carry on the legacy that started our labs, like the very beginnings of solar science and rocket technology (even underwater). We’ve evolved to lead the way in new realms, like lasers, nanomaterials and supercomputing. At the ATC, we’re driving change in our endless pursuit of what’s next.
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Through our own skills and those of our partners—including universities and research labs around the world—we’re able to put vision in motion. While we are a part of Lockheed Martin’s space division, our technologies are far reaching across domains.
Our materials are on ocean thermal power platforms and in submarine-launched missiles … protecting the planet with ground-based situational awareness. We’re in the air with our hypersonics research, aided by materials science and precision controls. And, of course, we’re in space, leveraging our decades-long space exploration sciences with newer payload capability, all trending smaller and smaller. And many of our technologies span domains, like LIDAR applications in sea, land, air and space.
ATC’s story is written in the oceans, right here on Earth and high above. Sixty years after it was founded, the ATC continues a legacy of innovation that is delivering the future faster.