Tag Archives: Lockheed Martin

Report: MDA’s Next Generation Interceptor Program to Cost Almost $18B

Next Generation

The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to spend approximately $18 billion on the Next Generation Interceptor program that seeks to counter intercontinental ballistic missile threats. MDA expects the critical design review phase to occur by 2026. Lockheed and Northrop will compete to produce about 31 interceptors, including 10 units for testing.

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White House to Nominate Aerospace Exec Pamela Melroy as NASA Deputy Administrator

Pamela Melroy

President Biden has announced that his NASA deputy administrator nominee will be Pamela Melroy, a retired U.S. Air Force test pilot and a former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander who now serves as an independent consultant and a member of the users advisory group to the National Space Council (NSC). 

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HighPoint Appoints Stacey Au as Customer Experience Program Manager; COO Scott Willis Quoted

Stacey Au

HighPoint announced on Thursday that the company has appointed Stacey Au as customer experience program manager. In this role, Au will help highpoint customers implement omnichannel, AI, and other emerging technology and industry best practices to strengthen contact center operations. Au has over 25 years of experience as a senior-level customer experience and contact center leader.

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President Biden Nominates Jill Hruby for NNSA Administrator; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jill Hruby

President Biden has nominated Jill Hruby, former director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), as the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and undersecretary for nuclear security. The White House said Wednesday that Hruby joined SNL as a technical staff member in 1983 and retired from the laboratories in 2017.

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Lockheed Martin Announced New ISR Satellite Line; Rick Ambrose Quoted

Rick Ambrose

Lockheed Martin announced on Tuesday its new line of rapid, integrated and economical tactical Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) satellites. The new ISR satellites are based on Lockheed’s LM 400 mid-size bus and will enable U.S. warfighters to track moving targets at long ranges and maneuver in highly contested environments quickly. 

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Concludes Sample Collection on Bennu Asteroid

OSIRIS-REx

A NASA mission to study Bennu has concluded flyover activities and is moving away from the near-Earth asteroid following “Touch and Go” material excavation and sample collection operations. NASA said Thursday that the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission completed its flyby on April 7th at 6 a.m. EDT.

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Former DARPA Head Victoria Coleman Assumes Air Force Chief Scientist Post

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman, former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has assumed her new role as chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force. Laura McAndrews, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, told the publication in an email that Coleman officially succeeded Richard Joseph as the service branch’s lead scientist last week.

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Contract to Provide COTS Module Technology to Update F-22 Raptor Aircraft; President, CEO Lynn Bamford Quoted

Lynn Bamford

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced on Wednesday that the company has received a contract to provide its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) processor module technology to upgrade the F-22 Raptor aircraft through Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Prior to its selection, the Curtiss-Wright processor module was successfully subjected to a rigorous and extensive durability test program to meet the F-22 Raptor’s extreme environmental requirements.

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Army Eyes Mid-Range Capacity for Lockheed-Built Precision Strike Missile

Next Generation

The U.S. Army plans to conduct four long-range exercises of the Lockheed Martin-built precision strike missile this year in a push to develop the weapon’s firing capacity. In March 2020, Lockheed was named as the final participant in the Army’s PrSM prototyping initiative. PrSM is slated for deployment in 2023.

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Lockheed Martin Block Buys Future ABL RS1 Launches; Rick Ambrose Quoted

Rick Ambrose

Lockheed Martin announced on Monday that it has entered into a block buy agreement with ABL Space Systems. The agreement will require ABL to provide Lockheed with routine rocket launches of RS1 launch vehicles that will accelerate payload technologies' delivery rate into orbit. Lockheed will buy up to 26 rockets through 2025 and then up to 32 through 2029. 

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