This week, Lockheed Martin announced, for the first time, that we’re publicly releasing technical specifications about our satellites. As part of a new initiative we call Lockheed Martin Open Space, we’ve published the payload accommodation information for three of our satellite buses. We typically hold that data close and only share it with a non-disclosure agreement in place. But now it’s up on our website for anyone to download.
Why did we do that? Because it’s time to open doors for a new generation of space innovators and get more great technology into orbit. And it’s time to find the next game-changing breakthroughs that will help the DOD, NASA, NOAA and commercial firms take full advantage of everything space has to offer.
We’re sharing details about the kinds of payloads we can fly to help spark new relationships with companies, researchers and innovators. We want to generate opportunities to take groundbreaking technologies from concept to orbit—and do it as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
There’s a lot of talk these days about going to space. But space is not just a place to go. It’s a place to do. To do things that make life better for billions of people here on earth. And at Lockheed Martin, we want to help more innovators and entrepreneurs do great things in space.
Visit our site to download the payload information for our flagship satellite, the LM 2100, our reconfigurable small satellite, the LM 400, and our new nanosatellite, the LM 50.
Payloads for the people: Lockheed Martin open-sources its tech
We’re inviting industry, academia and individual innovators to bring us their payload concepts or solutions for technology that could take advantage of these payload capabilities and solve hard problems here on Earth.
We’re looking to help solve those challenges that will connect, protect and inspire the world. How can we study the environment with greater accuracy? Help first responders address crises faster? Create ultra-high capacity communications links? Adapt low-cost commercial technology to the punishing environments of space?
A lot of companies might have transformative technologies that would answer these questions, but don’t know how to get them onto a satellite, secure a launch slot or find a mission partner.
That’s where we come in. We’ve built and launched 800 satellites over our history, and we’re experts at integrating new technologies into space-ready platforms. We also have a number of upcoming missions ripe with opportunities for hosted payloads or new innovations.
So if you have a payload concept or solution, we want to hear it. Click here to download the specs and get in touch. We’ll accept non-proprietary submissions from now through May 11, and we’ll review and respond to each one.
We’ll never unlock the full power of space unless we open it up to our best and brightest minds, regardless of which industry they’re in today. Let’s get new innovators plugged in to tomorrow’s space opportunities. Let’s collaborate on the country’s toughest challenges. Let’s do great things in space together.
Rick Ambrose is executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space.