Big ideas in small packages – what’s your payload of preference?
Credit: Lockheed Martin Space


For the first time, aerospace giant, Lockheed Martin, is making technical documents for its satellite buses openly available to the public.

Typically, that data is closely held, shared with others via a non-disclosure agreement in place.

The company’s initiative is dubbed “Open Space.” The goal is to help more companies and innovators tackle pressing challenges – to take cutting-edge technologies from concept to orbit, doing so in a quick cost-effective manner.

Groundbreaking technologies

“We’re ready to help new companies integrate their groundbreaking technologies with powerful satellite platforms,” explains Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space. “We believe there’s significant untapped potential out there waiting to be unleashed.”

The call of Open Space starts with a window of opportunity: From now through May 11 concepts can be submitted. A senior panel of technical and business experts will then review each idea to see if the company can match up with a customer and launch opportunity. “For now, please keep your concept non-proprietary. If we think there’s an opportunity to collaborate, we’ll follow up to get into the details,” Ambrose adds.

Credit: Lockheed Martin Space

Downloadable information

A website provides downloadable payload information for Lockheed Martin’s flagship satellite, the LM 2100, a reconfigurable small satellite; the LM 400, and the company’s new nanosatellite, the LM 50.

“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,” Ambrose explains. “We’re looking to help solve those challenges that will connect, protect and inspire the world.”

For example, how best to study the Earth’s environment with greater accuracy, help first responders address crises faster, create ultra-high capacity communications links, or what approaches can be taken to adapt low-cost commercial technology to the punishing environments of space?

For more information on Open Space and submitting your idea, go to:

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