This Just In

Seven innovative companies and academic institutions recently pitched new technologies to the U.S. government and us during our Lockheed Martin Innovation Partners Pitch Day.

The participating organizations brought forward some impressive ideas that could possibly improve the U.S. Space Force’s Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) space-based missile warning mission. OPIR technology is foundational to today’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) — which currently protects the U.S. and our allies — as well as to the Next Gen OPIR system. This mission has become more critical as ballistic missile technology has proliferated around the world with over 1,000 missile launches tracked annually.

“Lockheed Martin is committed to partnering with the Space Force to ensure the OPIR mission stays ahead of the threat by fostering innovative startups who can continuously introduce new technology into the mission,” said Tom McCormick, Lockheed Martin vice president for OPIR systems. “We believe that introducing new technology is the only way we’ll stay ahead of the threat, and that this is an important initiative for government, industry and the mission.”

The Lockheed Martin Innovation Partners Program is one of our mechanisms to identify and incorporate valuable technology into our ecosystem for insertion into current programs and future proposals. Stay tuned to learn more about pitch events planned for 2021.

Your Mission Requires: Solutions

We take an end-to-end approach to solve your toughest problems and achieve mission success.

Our solutions can give you the situational awareness and strategic advantage you want. We’ll partner with you to design the latest technologies and data so you can decide with confidence — whether in the acquisition process or on the battlefield.

Whether you need someone to design the puzzle from scratch or just give you the missing pieces, our portfolio of diverse platforms can keep you ahead of the threat.

Tactical Space

The relative speed and distances of modern warfare demand capabilities that give unit-level personnel at the battle’s edge the higher ground through capabilities that can best be provided to them from space.  Persistent, over-the-horizon vision and continual, assured, high date-rate connectivity is fundamental in winning modern battles.  Tactical Space enhances traditional military space support to operations and delivers the following capabilities to accelerate the Find, Fix, Track, Target, Engage, Assess (F2T2EA) chain into a more rapid and longer-range F2T2EA web of connected, informed and synchronized elements throughout the battlespace, but especially at the point of enemy contact.  Lockheed Martin has established a dedicated Tactical Space organization to address the expanding need for the application of tactical space capabilities for fielded forces in support of adversary engagements.

Sensing & Geolocation: Tactical Space provides Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS), all weather/day/night persistent access to all regions of our planet.  Multi-phenomenology sensors, processing algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) provide users with Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) that can scale in persistence and access to keep threats in continuous custody.  Multi-INT fusing, tip/cue, and Combat ID can occur on-board satellites through edge processing to provide the most rapid situational awareness to warfighters.

Ubiquitous Connectivity: Joint All Domain Operations (JADO) rely upon secure and assured data/voice communications with tactical users and platforms in the battlespace field.  A mesh-network in space such as the Space Development Agency (SDA)’s Transport Layer provides the means for ubiquitous, low-latency, secure, and resilient connectivity through multiple paths to each user and platform.  

Battle Management: The command, control, and management of fielded forces and platforms across an entire battlespace at the speed of modern warfare relies upon applications to rapidly plan, select, and adjust missions.  Through AI/ML, a more rapid and synchronized implementation can occur to adjust Courses of Action, apply Rules of Engagement, select weapons, and direct fighting units to engage and accomplish precision tactical missions. 

Converged Effects: Tactical Space works with the other warfighting domains to implement multiple layers of synchronized capabilities, both kinetic and non-kinetic, to achieve precise weapons selection/targeting for overwhelming mission effects.  Orchestrating these effects to precisely converge in time and location creates significant advantages for warfighters. 

Your Mission Requires: Integration

To stay ahead of the threat, you need an integrated experience. 

That's why we're partnering to develop the fundamental data architectures and algorithms to enable Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). With MDO, your distributed platforms can see and share data across air, sea, space, land and cyber domains.

In addition, our military space solutions deliver on several critical national security space programs, including:

Your Mission Requires: Speed

Every space mission depends on the seamless integration between the payload, spacecraft and Earth. 

With a rich history of serving as the prime contactor for a variety of missions and over 50 years of payload design and 300 payloads delivered, we have the experience, skills and facilities to ensure we deliver on your mission need.

Flexible Satellite Architecture to Meet Your Need

In addition to payloads, we’re innovators in satellite bus design. That's why we’ve recently invested $300 million in a family of satellite buses with a strong commonality and modernized design. From shoebox-sized nanosatellites to the school bus-sized LM 2100, our flexible architecture allows you to address the satellite mission need with lower costs, greater performance and faster delivery to orbit. We’re even developing a new line of rapid, integrated and affordable tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) satellites using our modular LM 400 satellite bus.

Plus, our software teams use Agile, DevSecOps and an integrated Software Factory model for even better collaboration and quick delivery of new features to our customers. Our SmartSat™ software capability makes it easier to update satellites in-orbit with apps and opens the door to artificial intelligence, up-to-date cyber protection and cloud networking in space.

Highly-configurable Facilities for High-capacity Satellite Production

We also have the facilities to meet tomorrow's mission needs today. With over 260,000 square feet of manufacturing space at our newly opened Gateway Center, this digital factory of the future is highly-configurable to allow for high-capacity processing of 25 satellites per year, while growing to accommodate up to 100 satellites per year in the future. 

Our facilities are packed with innovations (like smart tools and an Intelligent Factory Framework known as IFF) to deliver on the mission requirements quickly — whatever the satellite size or mission need.

HiveStar™, SpaceCloud™ And the Edgeless Enterprise

5G wireless networks offer two primary advantages over earlier generations: high bandwidth availability and low latency. 5G provides enhanced communications to a wide host of end user devices ranging from mobile user devices to the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in vehicles, appliances, and sensors. To learn more about taking it from the keyboard to orbit check out the white paper below.