Space: The Next Generation
In the 1960’s the world raced to space. And a generation of children watched as brave astronauts and space explorers endeavored to be the first into space and on the moon.
Today, that passion to explore space still burns around the world. But competition has been replaced with comradery as more and more countries partner on space missions.
And our next generation of space explorers has come of age in a global society. Their vision of space exploration is a collaborative, multi-national approach where discovery is powered by partnerships.
Five members of this next space generation – from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – recently spent eight weeks at Lockheed Martin learning about technology behind space travel. The program was designed to both teach and inspire the students while building partnerships across countries.
For Anfal Abdulrahman, a student at the University of Colorado Boulder, participating in the program was a time to apply her passion for technology to space.
“When this internship opportunity came up, I knew this was my time to explore and find out what I want to do…and I think I’ll definitely purse something with aerospace because there are so many applications and it seems like a great opportunity for progress.”
The group got intensive training in satellite and space technology, worked on engineering-based projects, and even spent time working in Lockheed Martin’s Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory. For Western North Carolina Student Mohammad Shutayfi, the program was about inspiring others to be excited about space.
“What I hope to bring back to Saudi Arabia from this summer experience with Lockheed Martin is to expose all my friends and family to the possibilities and ideas engineers and scientists in Lockheed Martin are working on…hopefully it will impact them and they can talk to their kids and encourage them to learn about science and space.”
While the program only lasted a few months, the impact will be carried on much further.
“From the indications the students have given me, these students are hooked on space and I’m sure we’re going to see some of them again in the not-to-distant future,” said Jim Crocker, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Space International.