Lockheed Martin Applauds House and Senate Support for Future Space Exploration

DENVER, 09/30/2010 --

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] applauds passage of the NASA Authorization Bill and the strong bipartisan policy direction provided by the House and Senate. We commend the vision of Congress and the Administration to continue bold exploration beyond low Earth orbit and the development of Orion, NASA's multipurpose crew vehicle to help achieve those goals. This exciting and robust space program will enable humans to explore destinations beyond Earth's orbit well within this decade. NASA's ongoing pursuit to advance technology and inspire future generations of explorers will ensure the U.S. maintains it leadership in human space exploration.

The Orion crew spacecraft incorporates the latest advances in human spaceflight technologies and has already passed rigorous human-rating reviews by NASA. With a proven launch abort system and its inherent design to provide the highest level of safety for the crew during long-duration missions, Orion is poised to take on challenging missions that will further human space exploration. In his speech at the Kennedy Space Center in April, the President set expectations for a crewed mission to an asteroid. In response, the NASA Authorization bill paves the way for increasingly longer duration and scientifically-rich missions, such as a crewed flight to an asteroid, within this decade.

Lockheed Martin has teamed with NASA since our nation first sent humans into orbit with the Mercury flights. We look forward to furthering the space exploration journey for many decades to come.