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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.