objective

Delivering optimal life-cycle value by engineering innovative solutions for resilient energy, global security, telecommunications, and other critical infrastructure.

The Science

As a systems integrator, we continually improve the efficiency and functionality of our products and services – designing, implementing and bringing together technologies and software for our customers.

The Science

Our focus on performance and sustainability delivers safe, reliable, affordable products that support our customers’ missions of national security, citizen services, and sustainable development.

Product Impact

TIER 1

  • Global Infrastructure NeedsBringing innovative products 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.

  • Total Cost of OwnershipMaking our products more affordable by improving product quality, efficiency, and performance, as well as increasing resiliency and providing services to extend their useful lives.

  • Product SafetyAdvancing rigorous safety and quality controls throughout design and manufacturing processes to ensure the use of our products and services does not pose uncontrolled or unacceptable risks to customers, employees, suppliers, or the general public.

  • Counterfeit Parts PreventionPreventing counterfeit parts from entering the company’s supply chain and potentially affecting product quality, safety, and performance.

TIER 2

  • Product Eco-InnovationDeveloping and enhancing our products, taking into account material efficiency, reusability, and use-phase emissions and energy consumption considerations throughout design and development.

CASE STUDY

Space Fence

What we did

Lockheed Martin has developed an advanced radar technology solution for Space Fence, a program that revolutionizes the way the U.S. Space Force identifies, tracks, and catalogs space debris and satellites. Delivered in December 2019, the ground-based radar system provides real-time coverage and tracking accuracy for objects that can directly threaten important space assets, such as the International Space Station.

Space Fence offers unprecedented sensitivity by detecting objects of all sizes, including those as small as a peanut, that are found in low Earth orbit, and larger objects in medium Earth and geosynchronous Earth orbit. Along with tracking, Space Fence can also determine the projected orbit of satellites and debris. This allows operators to reconstruct recent events, such as collisions or satellite breakups, and accurately predict their future paths. Space Fence is positioned to significantly increase the United States Space Surveillance Network’s catalog, which currently includes about 20,000 objects in space1.

Why this matters

An unprecedented quantity of space debris litters the skies. This poses a threat to American space assets and the critical military and civilian services they sustain, such as weather forecasting, GPS, communications, banking, and many more. NASA estimates that over 500,000 pieces of so-called space junk as small as one cm in diameter are orbiting Earth at speeds up to 22,300 mph, or faster than a speeding bullet.2 As more commercial enterprises launch their next generations of satellite constellations, tens of thousands of new objects will be introduced into space. Powerful detection and tracking capabilities will become even more necessary to prevent collisions with vital space technologies. The enhanced capabilities that Space Fence offers will transform the future of space domain awareness and allow the U.S. Space Force to address emerging threats for years to come.

1 https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/news/orbital_debris.html

2 Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science. Orbital Debris Program Office. Retrieved from https://orbitaldebris.jsc.nasa.gov/faq

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Space Fence

Space Fence provides a revolutionary way to track space debris in Earth orbit with unprecedented sensitivity.

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Highlights

Examining supply chain security methods for microelectronics

We have been contracted under the Air Force Research Laboratory to lead a consortium of academic and industrial partners in the examination of end-to-end supply chain security methods for microelectronics. Through this partnership, we have developed an extensive database that consists of more than one billion microelectronic components used within the defense industry supply chain. This database includes unique vendor provenance data and provides tagging solutions necessary to identify suspicious activity, counterfeits, and higher-risk suppliers.

With this knowledge and digital supply chain intelligence advantage, the Air Force Research Laboratory investment will improve trust in critical communications and intelligence infrastructure for the future economic and national security of the U.S. and partner nations.

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Highlights

Bioinspired Design (BID), also called biomimicry, uses nature’s time-tested structures and functions to solve engineering challenges. Nature selects processes that conserve the most material and energy, while avoiding harmful elements. Taking inspiration from biology can lead to more sustainable designs and reduce the product development cycle.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company’s Advanced Development Programs (ADP) has integrated BID into the Skunk Works® technology and product development process to spark innovation and instill a culture of sustainable product design. This year, the Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) office of ADP funded 13 BID proof-of-concept projects leading to sustainable technology innovation in aircraft noise and drag reduction, lightweight structures, chemical and optical sensors, self-cleaning and pigment-free coatings, biodegradable materials, morphing structures, and more efficient heat transfer. These projects were inspired by a variety of organisms, including birds, insects, plants, and even fungi. BID is opening the design space in critically important new areas, while making engineers more sensitive to the ESH impacts of new products over their life cycles.

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Tier 2

Product Eco-Innovation

Objective

Developing and enhancing our products, taking into account material efficiency, reusability, and use-phase emissions and energy consumption considerations throughout design and development.

Management

The grid is changing, and we can help your business change with it. From renewable energy integration to storage, efficiency, demand response and microgrids – we’re applying innovative technology from the world’s leading research and development company to help customers power their future.

Storage has a vital role to play in this evolution. But the current dominant technologies in use today cannot sufficiently provide the durable, flexible and distributed energy storage required. Since 2017, Lockheed Martin has installed over 100 MWh of energy storage across the U.S. and Canada. Lockheed Martin worked with a variety of customers including federal entities, utilities, independent power producers (IPPs) and developers to install lithium-ion storage systems for behind- and front-of-meter projects with applications ranging from renewable integration and demand charge reduction, to transmission and distribution deferral and microgrid integration.

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