The aerospace industry is making huge investments in additive manufacturing but producing parts that can pass quality tests in government programs, for instance, remains a challenge.
Lockheed Martin is in the early stages of studying the feasibility of flying small commercial payloads on future NASA flights of the Orion spacecraft in cislunar space.
As NASA gears up to support work on lunar lander designs, Lockheed Martin released details Oct. 3 about a proposed reusable human lunar lander that leverages technology used on the Orion spacecraft and concepts that could later be used for missions to Mars.
The first European-built service module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft is finally ready to be shipped to the United States for final preparations before a scheduled mid-2020 launch.
So far the company that has most benefitted from the push for faster acquisitions and more security is Lockheed Martin.
As satellite manufacturers grapple with what increasingly looks like a permanent decline in the number of commercial geostationary communications satellites purchased worldwide, one offered hope that a partial rebound will ensue in the coming years.
USAF prepares to launch billion-dollar communications satellite while it studies future alternatives
The U.S. Air Force is planning an October launch for AEHF-4, the fourth of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency constellation of nuclear-hardened classified communications satellites used by the military to plan air strikes, transmit secret mission plans and coordinate operations around the world, including a nuclear war.
The Air Force will use “rapid procurement authorities” in this program and is targeting the first next-generation OPIR launch in 2023.
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Trump administration officials are at the Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom this week on a mission to sell American aerospace and weapons.
While Lockheed Martin continues to suggest it will use Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket at a Scottish launch site announced at the beginning of this week, company officials said July 17 they have yet to formally select a vehicle to fly at the site.
The British government announced July 16 that it will provide funding to two companies, including an American aerospace giant, who plan to use a newly announced launch site in Scotland.
HASC takes up defense bill packed with space provisions • New missile-warning satellite contracts go to Lockheed, Northrop
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry has rolled out his mark of the FY-19 National Defense Authorization Act.
SAN FRANCISCO — In June, Lockheed Martin plans to complete integration of the U.S. Air Force Space Fence on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands and begin tracking objects, at least in a testing mode.
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Lockheed Martin executives said April 24 they are confident they will win an Air Force competition for the next set of GPS 3 navigation satellites as questions swirl about what other companies, if any, submitted proposals.
Within the top five space contractors, from 2011 to 2017, ULA surpassed Boeing and became the top overall vendor.
GEOShare, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary matching missions with orbital slots in an effort to boost satellite sales, has signed up over 150 missions and over 100 orbital locations, said Lon Levin, GEOShare president and chief executive.