Lockheed Martin Receives Supplier Excellence Award From United Space Alliance

DALLAS, TX, 03/09/2009 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received the Space Flight Awareness Supplier Award last week from United Space Alliance, NASA's prime contractor for the Space Shuttle Program. The award honored Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business unit for delivering exemplary quality and ensuring flight safety.

Space Flight Awareness Supplier Award
Howard DeCastro, Space Shuttle program manager for United Space Alliance, presented the award to Glenn Miller, vice president for Technical Operations & Applied Research at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, during a ceremony at the company's Dallas facility.

The annual Space Flight Awareness Supplier Award honors outstanding performance by hardware, software or service suppliers who support NASA human space flight programs. As regular Space Shuttle missions grew in complexity and the International Space Station became a reality, the Space Flight Awareness Program evolved into one of the single most successful quality initiatives within all federal and contractor departments and agencies. Awardees are chosen based on their production of high-quality products, excellent technical and cost performance, and adherence to schedules.

"Lockheed Martin's support to the Space Shuttle Program has always been outstanding, particularly so since the loss of Columbia and during the Shuttle Program's effort to Return to Flight," DeCastro said. "You response in conducting the non-destructive evaluation of all of the Reinforced Carbon-Carbon (RCC) panels for each vehicle and the refurbishment of the panels for Endeavour was timely and allowed NASA to get back on track with routine Shuttle missions. Lockheed Martin continues to provide excellent products, on time and error free. United Space Alliance is proud to be on the same team with you."

"Lockheed Martin has played a key role in both the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs since day one, and we're proud to continue this service to our nation's space efforts," Miller said. "Lockheed Martin's work makes breakthrough research in space possible and ensures the safety of those who practice it. This award demonstrates to our employees that their efforts are valued by our customer. There's no better accolade than that."

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control produces key systems for both the Space Shuttle orbiter and the International Space Station:

  • Comprised of the wing leading edge, nose cap and chin panel, the leading edge structural subsystem for the Space Shuttle is designed, analyzed and manufactured at Lockheed Martin. The components are made of Reinforced Carbon-Carbon, a unique material that was discovered and developed by Lockheed Martin in partnership with NASA. The entire subsystem must withstand the harsh environment of reentry, where temperatures can shift from -250 degrees to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit in less than 10 minutes.

  • Missiles and Fire Control employees designed, built and tested the Radiators and Radiator Flow Control Assemblies on the Space Shuttle. Nested inside the large payload bay doors, the eight radiator panels reject excess heat from the crew and equipment on board the orbiter. Each of the 10' x 15' radiators has a silver-Teflon coating that protects the aluminum honeycomb structure containing the network of coolant tubes.

  • Lockheed Martin produces the Photovoltaic Radiators and Heat Rejection Subsystems of the International Space Station. These radiators help the Station maintain its environmental system temperature and keep its mechanical elements from overheating. The PVRs disperse heat from the power generation systems, while HRS radiators dissipate heat from the habitat and laboratory modules.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.