Space Technology

Lockheed Martin’s traffic control program has been chosen by Germany’s space department

Summary

Germany’s space agency will utilize Lockheed Martin‘s space traffic control program, the corporation reported on April 6.  Lockheed Martin’s iSpace that is utilized by the United States intelligence agencies, United States military, and the Australian government, was chosen by the German Space Agency […]

Germany’s space agency will utilize Lockheed Martin‘s space traffic control program, the corporation reported on April 6.  Lockheed Martin’s iSpace that is utilized by the United States intelligence agencies, United States military, and the Australian government, was chosen by the German Space Agency at DLR, which runs the German space tactical awareness center alongside the German Air Force.

To have space situational knowledge, Lockheed Martin’s iSpace infrastructure gathers data from hundreds of visual, radar, infrared, as well as radio sensors run by states, private firms, and academics. iSpace can be used to task German sensors to detect objects of interest as well as space activities like crashes, maneuvers, breakups, and launches, according to Lockheed Martin’s program manager in charge of the space command and control Jeff Chadwick.

The iSpace method, according to Chadwick, will monitor up to 300,000 things. In addition, the unclassified space catalog of the United States military tracks some 30,000 items. “There is a lot of automation in our system,” Chadwick said.” The catalog doesn’t necessitate a lot of human interaction.” Customers are anxious about encounters with other spacecraft or debris as space becomes increasingly congested, he added. “We will give operators conjunction warnings so they can take steps, such as traversing their satellites to prevent a collision.”

The sensor tasking functionality in iSpace was first created for Lockheed Martin’s $1.5 billion Space Fence surveillance radar site on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which was designed for the US Air Force. The Space Fence mainly controls satellites and space waste in low Earth orbit. Chadwick clarified, “We developed the project tools to help handle several sensors and task certain sensors to get the correct information you require at the right moment.” “When we were developing this product, we were thinking about how we could make the work of the operator simpler so they could concentrate on more meaningful items than catalog maintenance.”

Lockheed Martin Corporation is multinational aerospace, weapons, military, surveillance, and emerging technology corporation headquartered in the United States. In March 1995, it was founded by the combination of Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta. Its headquarters are in North Bethesda, Maryland, which is next to Washington, D.C. As of January 2020, Lockheed Martin hires nearly 110,000 employees around the globe.

Lockheed Martin is a significant player in the aerospace, military assistance, defense, and technology sectors. Based on sales for the fiscal year 2014, it is the world’s biggest military contractor. Military revenues accounted for 78 percent of Lockheed Martin’s income in 2013. The corporation led the list of US federal government vendors, earning almost 10% of the payments made out by the Pentagon. Contracts with the US state accounted for $38.4 billion (85%), international government deals for $5.8 billion (13%), and private as well as other contracts for $900 million (2%) in the year 2009.