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Global Infrastructure Needs


Objective

Bring innovative products and services to market to help scale the advanced infrastructure required for sustainable development, future climate resiliency and national security efforts, and deliver reliable and secure energy, communications, logistics and systems that protect human health.

Management

Lockheed Martin employees working on Lockheed Martin's aeroshell for the Mars 2020 rover.

The aeroshell for the Mars 2020 rover was designed and built at Lockheed Martin Space near Denver and is comprised of two parts, the heat shield and the backshell.

Across all four Business Areas, Lockheed Martin helps develop advanced solutions for energy and infrastructure resiliency. These technologies add value by addressing societal needs such as energy efficiency, space exploration, national security and information technology (IT).

Lockheed Martin aims for industry leadership through advanced technological solutions we develop specifically with global infrastructure needs in mind. We drive innovation and build our strategic plan by considering current and future needs as exhibited by shifts in U.S. national security policy; feedback about how our equipment is used by customers; key global security priorities by country; and collaboration with public and private sector research laboratories. We also track trends such as automation, the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the use of augmented reality and the advancement of logistics and sustainment technologies.

The maintenance of the infrastructure developed by Lockheed Martin is critical as we look to the future, especially as customers typically operate our products and services in remote locations and with limited crews. This leads us to explore new opportunities for our products and services used in space, land and sea. For example, we aim to design products and services with the understanding that an astronaut will fill multiple roles during a mission, including pilot, maintainer and technician.

2020 SMP Goals

Achieve $4 billion in annual product sales with direct, measurable benefits to energy and advanced infrastructure resiliency.

Achievement

Success: We exceeded this goal with over $4.9 billion in product sales that benefit energy and infrastructure resiliency as of  2020.

Global Infrastructure Needs
Innovative Idea Inspired by Nature

As part of the Skunk Works® Sustainable Design Program, a team of our aeronautical engineers developed an innovative, bio-inspired solution to the common issue of biofouling. Biofouling is the buildup of barnacles and microorganisms on ocean-going vessels, and it increases drag, decreases ship fuel economy and contributes to high maintenance costs. Ocean vehicles typically use anti-fouling coatings to prevent this buildup, but these coatings can leech heavy metals into the ocean, which can negatively impact ocean ecosystems. Inspired by the sea snake’s ability to mitigate biofouling growth by organically shedding its skin, our team developed a multilayered film (patent pending) that would allow ocean vessels to safely and sustainably remove biofouling growth for a fraction of the cost and required maintenance time. Further efforts are needed to implement the biofouling film technology, but we are proud of this example of customer-centered innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.

Global Infrastructure Needs
Orion: Lockheed Martin and NASA Partnering to Bring Humans Deep into Space

Orion is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) spacecraft that will take humans deep into space. No other spacecraft in development has the technology needed for the extremes of deep space, such as life support, navigation, communications, radiation shielding and the world's largest heat shield that will protect astronauts and help return them safely home. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building Orion. The first spacecraft delivered on this contract, Artemis III, will carry the first woman and next man to the Moon. Orion is a critical part of NASA's Artemis program to build a sustainable presence on the lunar surface and to prepare us to move on to Mars. From its inception, Orion was designed to visit a variety of destinations in our solar system. Whether in orbit around the Moon, on a three-year mission to Mars, or even other near-Earth bodies such as asteroids, Orion has unique capabilities that are needed beyond shorter missions to the International Space Station in a low-Earth orbit.

Global Infrastructure Needs
FIREHAWK®: Lockheed Martin’s Helicopter Designed for Wildfire Response

Lockheed Martin designed the Sikorsky FIREHAWK® aircraft to endure the unrelenting physical stress demands of aerial firefighting and utility missions. The FIREHAWK® Helicopter supports the courageous firefighters who respond to crises by minimizing time spent in transport between water and fuel sources, and maximizing time spent at the fire. This aircraft’s game-changing capabilities push the boundaries of aerial firefighting and help operators ensure they bring people home—everywhere, every time.

Global Infrastructure Needs
Lockheed Martin’s Fourth GPS III Satellite Improves GPS Connectivity

In September 2020, Lockheed Martin’s fourth GPS III satellite launched into space, delivering three times more accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-interference power over those in existing constellations. This satellite will help meet global infrastructure needs by improving GPS connectivity for the U.S. Air Force and civilian users. Now operational, this satellite is the 23rd of 24 satellites required for global coverage, and is equipped with upgrades to protect against signal jamming.

Global Infrastructure Needs
Protecting NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission

NASA’s newest Mars rover, Perseverance, was enclosed in our carefully designed aeroshell to protect it during its seven-month deep-space flight and atmospheric descent. Our aeroshell is the largest built for a robotic mission, and will protect the rover against the extreme heat and high speeds it will encounter as it enters the planet’s atmosphere. The Perseverance rover will study the geology of Mars while searching for past microbial life, and will debut the first helicopter designed for another planet. Alongside Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we also designed the Mars helicopter delivery system that will deploy the helicopter for autonomous flight testing on the Red Planet. This lightweight system uses four pyrotechnic separation events during deployment and protects the helicopter from debris with a composite debris shield.

Global Infrastructure Needs
Biofilm Corrosion Protection

Corrosion of aircraft materials and components is a major challenge to keeping aircraft flight ready and requires enormous costs to repair or replace the affected components. Currently, many anti-corrosion coatings contain chromium, which can be harmful to both workers and the environment, requiring strict protocols for handling and remediation. A team of scientists and engineers out of Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® recognized this problem and has been working to develop a novel, bioinspired chromium-free coating based on calcite films found in nature in leaf-cutter ants and marine organisms. If successful, this new film could be game changing for anti-corrosion applications, with the potential for significant cost savings while mitigating environmental and safety and health risks.

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