Lockheed Martin has decided to publicly release the technical specifications of its satellite platforms.
Compared to the MEV-1, the MEV-2 will have new bells and whistles. It will be equipped to carry hosted payloads from commercial companies and small satellites that could be deployed for science missions.
Savvy space warriors like Russia’s military already are giving us a taste of the future. They are jamming GPS navigation signals, disrupting satellite communications links and sensors in space. Not quite star wars.
Lockheed envisions many uses for artificial intelligence in space, such as being able to quickly detect changes in satellite performance and in the environment.
A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project is being touted as a major step in the transition of on-orbit services from experiment to reality, and ultimate commercial success.
Could the military take advantage of cheaper and faster satellite broadband to siphon more data, faster, from its surveillance drones? It could, but it's easier said than done, according to satellite industry executives.
In the government and military, there is a “great debate” on how to procure available satellite capacity.
The defense market in general is still uncertain, and will stay that way until the Pentagon finds a way to mesh commercial providers into its communications infrastructure.
The low-Earth-orbit sun-synchronous mission will carry a panchromatic and multispectral camera.
Electronics in small packages can do big things in space. That sort of sums up the thinking behind defense industry giant Lockheed Martin’s move to invest in commercial companies.
Small terminals typically are easily jammed, so having an anti-jam capability in a portable system would be significant.
With both military and commercial customers seeking more choices in satellite size and orbit, Lockheed Martin has rolled out a new family of satellite buses that consolidate the customized spacecraft the company has previously developed.