Globalizing Space: Exploring New Frontiers
Space today is truly global. As we look to the future, international partnerships are creating an increasingly interdependent space-faring world. At this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) from September 29 to October 3, 2014, Lockheed Martin will highlight its innovation-driven and global approach to developing space-based technologies faster and more affordably than ever before
We’re seeing nations in every continent focusing on growing their space capabilities – driving opportunity in the international marketplace. International relationships present unique opportunities to combine resources and share the expertise of partner nations to provide the most advance solutions to customers. The increase of global collaboration is truly helping to advance the state-of-the-art in space exploration.
At Lockheed Martin, one example of an international partnership exists with the Orion spacecraft that will carry humans on their journey to deep space. The service module will be designed and built by the European Space Agency and Airbus Defence and Space, in a unique international collaboration with NASA and Lockheed Martin. The responsibility for final integration of the vehicle will reside with Lockheed Martin.
Also, a global effort operating on orbit is the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite system provides vastly improved global, protected communications capabilities to international partners in Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Earlier this year, UK connected – the last of the partner nations to connect to the Lockheed Martin-produced satellites.
These are just a few examples of international cooperation and how, along with innovation-driven technology, Lockheed Martin is engineering a better tomorrow and realizing the promise of space.