Lockheed Martin NextGen Papers Win Top Three Awards at 2010 Air Traffic Control Association Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/27/2010 --

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] employees Robert Avjian, William Leber, and Robert Heligman and their co-authors have been recognized with first, second, and third place for their NextGen technology focused papers at the 2010 Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Annual Conference and Exposition.

"We've always been proud of our team's talent and ability to contribute in a meaningful way to the advancement of air traffic control," said Sandy Samuel, vice president of Transportation Solutions at Lockheed Martin IS&GS Civil. "It's an honor for our team to be recognized by ATCA and our peers for its thought leadership in the realm of NextGen technology."

ATCA annually recognizes air traffic control professionals and organizations that exhibit thought leadership through paper submissions. This year, Lockheed Martin's award winning papers focused on further developing NextGen technologies that increase safety, enable greater efficiencies, and lower emissions and costs.

Lockheed Martin employees Robert Avjian and John Dehn and their ENSCO co-author Jim Stobie's first place winning paper – "NextGen Trajectory-Based Integration of Grid-Based Weather Avoidance Fields" – presents the results of the generation, integration and visualization of 4-D trajectories with grid-based hazardous weather avoidance fields (WAFs). It also describes the prototype trajectory-WAF conflict detection service that was developed during this project. The net result of the application of such technology is improved, strategic decision-making that creates a safer and more efficient flight path.

Bill Leber's second place winning paper – "Airport Data as the Centerpiece of Traffic Flow Management" – addresses utilizing existing data for airport runways and gates to model high confidence, pre-surveillance, gate release predictions, enabling greater enhancement of total airspace use. Ultimately, this exchange of information can decrease congestion, delays, emissions, and costs.

Robert Heligman, FAA co-author Thien Ngo, and Adacel co-author Sharif Qureshi's third place winning paper – "OCAT – The Oceanic Conflict Advisory Trial" – describes a planned year-long, FAA-sponsored operational trial in which the ATOP oceanic conflict probe functionality will be made available to external users. Partner airlines will be given the ability to pre-probe potential routings against the current oceanic environment without impacting oceanic air traffic operations. Pre-probing will enable OCAT partners to determine the user preferred routings that are most likely to be acceptable to air traffic control, enabling more environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient flight planning.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44 billion.