The A350 XWB arrives in Santiago for the first time ever

A350 XWB Santiago

A350 XWB Santiago

The world’s newest, most modern and efficient aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, made its Chilean and South American debut this morning, arriving at the FIDAE fairgrounds located in the Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.

The aircraft, MSN 005, is one of five A350 XWB prototypes used to perform comprehensive flight test and development trials. The aircraft flew to Santiago as part of its “Route Proving” mission required for Type Certification, which is expected in September this year. This exercise will include the aircraft flying a representative airline schedule, demonstrating its maturity for airline operations. The aircraft will be operated by Airbus flight crews.

Previously, the aircraft visited Johannesburg, South Africa, Sidney, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand. The A350 XWB departed for Sao Paulo, Brazil, today on Wednesday, 6th August.

The A350’s World Tour began on July 24th and involves a series of tests on four different trips. At the end of the tour on August 13th, the aircraft will have visited 14 airports around the world.

The A350 XWB is an all new family of mid-sized wide-body airliners to shape the efficiency of medium-to-long haul airline operations, overcoming the challenges of volatile fuel prices, matching rising passenger expectations and addressing increasing environmental concerns.

The A350 XWB Family consists of three passenger versions with true long-range capability of flying up to 8,500nm/15,580km. In a typical two-class configuration, the A350-800 will offer 276 seats while the A350-900 and the A350-1000 will offer 315 and 369 seats respectively.

Next Stop Texas: Dyess AFB Receives C-130J Super Hercules

MARIETTA, Ga., March 14, 2013 – Another Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] C-130J Super Hercules (aircraft number 5715) ferried to the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on March 12, 2013. Maj. Gen. Richard Johnston, assistant deputy under secretary of the Air Force, international affairs, flew the aircraft to Dyess. The aircraft is part of a contract initially awarded in 2008 and amended in 2010.

A former 317th Airlift Group commander, Johnston is a command pilot with more than 4,300 flying hours in eight types of aircraft including several C-130 variants. When it receives its last C-130J this year, Dyess will be the largest Super Hercules operator in the world with a fleet of 28 aircraft.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Nation’s Newest Missile Warning Satellite Encapsulated in Launch Vehicle Payload Fairing

Team Prepares U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS GEO-2 Satellite for March Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., March 12, 2013 – The second Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] built Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft was encapsulated into its payload fairing March 4 in preparation for a March 19 liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

SBIRS GEO-2, the most technologically advanced infrared surveillance satellite, will enhance the nation’s missile warning capabilities and simultaneously improve the missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness mission areas.

The satellite includes highly sophisticated scanning and starring sensors with improved infrared sensitivity and a reduction in area revisit times over the legacy constellation.  The scanning sensor will provide a wide area surveillance of missile launches and natural phenomena across the earth, while the staring sensor will be used to observe smaller areas of interest with superior sensitivity.  

Featuring a mix of satellites in geosynchronous orbit, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth (HEO) orbit, and ground hardware and software, the SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate infrared surveillance information to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, the intelligence community and other key decision makers.

Lockheed Martin’s SBIRS contracts include four HEO payloads, four GEO satellites, and ground assets to receive, process, and disseminate the infrared mission data.  The team has also begun procuring long lead parts for the fifth and sixth GEO satellites.  HEO payloads and the first GEO satellite have already launched into orbit.

The SBIRS team is led by the Infrared Space Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the SBIRS prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is the payload integrator. Air Force Space Command operates the SBIRS system.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.  The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Lockheed Martin to Produce Liquefied Natural Gas Tanks at Louisiana Facility

Building on 37-year History Manufacturing Space Shuttle External Tanks

NEW ORLEANS, March 12, 2013 – Applying technologies originally developed for high technology government programs to our national energy and economic priorities, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is leveraging its expertise in the manufacture of Space Shuttle external tanks to meet the rapidly growing demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks for storage and transportation. Lockheed Martin has received initial orders to manufacture cryogenic tanks for fueling LNG powered vessels.

“Louisiana is at the forefront of the natural gas boom, and we are proud that Lockheed Martin has selected Louisiana to pursue new practical applications and technologies that harness this growing energy source,” said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. “Their investment in our state demonstrates the confidence they have in our world-class infrastructure, our strong business climate, and our incomparable workforce.”

 “Our entry into the LNG tank market is a prime example of how Lockheed Martin is leveraging capabilities and technologies developed for government programs to meet the needs of private sector customers who drive our nation’s economy,” said Gerry Fasano, president of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions-Defense. “We look forward to a long term relationship with the State of Louisiana and the greater New Orleans area and to bringing quality employment opportunities to the community.” 

As part of its longer-range LNG business plan, Lockheed Martin will adapt production equipment used to manufacture the external tank for the Space Shuttle for a wide range of LNG supply chain applications. In addition to applying its external tank manufacturing expertise, the Lockheed Martin LNG tank manufacturing team will draw on a variety capabilities developed for a wide range of other programs, spanning propellant handling; assembly, test and integration; composites manufacturing; and production facility and tooling design. Lockheed Martin can manufacture tanks in varying sizes and capacities for multiple transportation applications; this includes distribution by land, rail or waterway as well as for land-based LNG storage. All tanks are manufactured to ASME standards for pressurized storage and transportation of cryogenic materials using the quality and safety standards implemented for the shuttle tank program.

“The LNG opportunity is a particularly compelling example of how we can leverage defense- and space-related technology for applications in the private sector,” added Fasano. “Initiatives such as this help exploit the economic advantages of natural gas, while simultaneously helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Lockheed Martin to Provide Virtual Training Technologies in Support of Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA Modernization Program

ORLANDO, Fla., March 11, 2013 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $253 million contract agreement to begin work on F-15SA pilot and maintenance training systems for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The technologies will provide a comprehensive ground-based training environment for Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA modernization program.

Pilots will complete air-to-air combat, air-to-surface missions, air combat maneuvers and tactical intercepts with 360-degree full mission trainers. As a first for F-15 training, the systems will feature a single dome over the dual-seat cockpit to enable crew coordination training. Lockheed Martin will also deliver egress, avionics and desktop trainers for procedure training by pilots.

“The complement of F-15SA training systems starts with desktop trainers and progressively increases in capability to full mission weapons systems trainers,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of training solutions for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business. “This creates a cost-effective program since the appropriate level of technology is applied to meet the training objectives.”

For maintainers, Lockheed Martin will provide virtual systems to enable training without the actual aircraft. The systems include basic maintenance, landing gear and arresting hook, armament, flight controls and jet fuel starter trainers.

Lockheed Martin will deliver the training systems by 2020. Work will be performed in Akron, Ohio, and Orlando, Fla. The contract is managed through a foreign military sales agreement by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Lockheed Martin has served as the Royal Saudi Air Force’s F-15 training partner for more than three decades. The company also provides the service’s weapons systems officer training program. In addition to delivering training systems to Saudi Arabia, Lockheed Martin’s F-15 training technologies are currently in operation by the United States, Israel and Japan.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Lockheed Martin Skyline System Operational as Kazakhstans National Air Traffic Management System

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 11, 2013 – Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] SkyLine™ system now supports air traffic management throughout the Republic of Kazakhstan. SkyLine enables Kazakhstan to manage its airspace on a single hardware and software platform, enhancing airspace safety and efficiency.

Kazakhstan’s air navigation service provider, Kazaeronavigatsia, uses SkyLine at three area control centers – Astana, Aktobe and Almaty – and 15 control towers in remote locations. The Almaty site was the last to transition to SkyLine on Feb. 1, and the system has operated successfully at all sites.

“The implementation of a national system using SkyLine is a significant accomplishment for Kazaeronavigatsia,” said Kazaeronavigatsia’s Director General Sergey Kulnazarov. “Since 2004, Lockheed Martin has partnered with Kazaeronavigatsia to help us realize our vision of a single national air traffic management system in Kazakhstan.”

SkyLine’s advanced surveillance and flight data processing capabilities enable it to fulfill multiple air traffic management roles for aircraft at different altitudes and within different areas of control. Depending on customer requirements, the platform can function as an en-route, approach or tower control system – supporting aircraft at all stages of their flight plan.

“Lockheed Martin partnered with Kazaeronavigatsia to deliver an adaptable and cost-effective ATM system that enhances the safety and efficiency of Kazakhstan’s airspace,” said Sandy Samuel, vice president of transportation solutions for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business. “SkyLine’s flexibility enabled Lockheed Martin to tailor the system and enhance Kazakhstan’s air traffic management capabilities.”

Lockheed Martin has more than 50 years of air traffic management experience. Its cost-effective and comprehensive air traffic management solutions enhance safety, reduce flight delays, save fuel and reduce environmental impacts in approximately 60 percent of the world’s airspace.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.  The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

NASA And Lockheed Martin Launch Exploration Design Challenge For Students

DENVER, March 11, 2013 – Students from kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge. Developed through a partnership between NASA and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], the program challenges students to research and design solutions to protect astronauts from space radiation.

“Space exploration has inspired and fascinated young people for generations, and the Exploration Design Challenge is a unique way to capture and engage the imaginations of tomorrow’s engineers and scientists,” said Marillyn Hewson, CEO and President of Lockheed Martin, speaking at an announcement event today at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “We know nothing teaches like real hands-on experience and that’s what this program brings to a new generation of explorers.”

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor to NASA for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the nation’s first interplanetary spacecraft designed to carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit on long-duration, deep-space missions. Protecting astronauts on these distant travels is an important and very real problem that needs to be solved.

“America’s next step in human space exploration is an ambitious one and will require new technologies, including ways to keep our astronauts safe from the effects of deep-space radiation. That is the focus of this challenge, and we are excited that students will be helping us solve that problem,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

Students in grades K-12 can study the effects of radiation on human space travelers and analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding for Orion. After participating in activities guided by their teachers, students will recommend materials that best block harmful radiation.

Students in grades 9-12 can take the challenge a step farther and design shielding to protect a sensor inside the Orion capsule from space radiation. The winning design will be flown in the Orion capsule during Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) scheduled for September 2014. All students in grades K-12 that participate in this challenge can join students from around the world to celebrate EFT-1 by having their names flown on-board as honorary crew members.

Lockheed Martin is collaborating with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) to produce the Exploration Design Challenge and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) engagement activities tied to the EFT-1. Lockheed Martin has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA for a strategic alliance on education and public outreach activities. An annex to the agreement covers the scope of work Lockheed Martin will provide for the Education Design Challenge to engage and inspire future generations of scientists and engineers.

NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge brings cutting-edge learning to educators and students with standards-based activities, print and video resources developed by leading education experts at NIA with content from Prairie View A&M University, and technical guidance from Lockheed Martin and NASA’s Teaching From Space program at Johnson Space Center.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

First F-35 With Marietta-Built Center Wing Flown

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 8, 2013 – The first Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II with a Center Wing Assembly (CWA) built at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., was flown for the first time this week. The aircraft, known as BF-25, is an F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variant that will be delivered to the U. S. Marine Corps at Yuma, Arizona. The CWA is a major structural component and represents approximately one quarter of the aircraft’s fuselage. Approximately 350 people work on the F-35 program in Marietta. In addition to building the CWAs, technicians also apply specialized stealth coatings to F-35 horizontal and vertical tail control assemblies and also coat spare and repaired aircraft doors, panels and covers.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least ten other countries.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Lockheed Martin Successfully Migrates EPA to the Microsoft Cloud

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 7, 2013 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Microsoft have successfully migrated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based collaboration and communication service. This cloud-based system improves employee access to communications and mobility tools.

“Our partnership with Lockheed Martin in bringing Microsoft Office 365 to the EPA generated a level of excitement amongst our employees that has been unmatched,” said Malcolm Jackson, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Environmental Information and chief information officer. “Lockheed Martin exceeded my expectations in delivering this service to the EPA.”

Under a four-year contract, Lockheed Martin transitioned more than 22,000 EPA email users to Office 365 for Government, a service that stores U.S. government data in a segregated community cloud and includes email, calendars, scheduling and collaboration tools for internal and external use. The company will continue to provide engineering and ongoing integration services.

“Building on Lockheed Martin’s 35 years of information technology service to the EPA, this successful, on-schedule migration ensures EPA employees have the best possible collaboration and communication tools,” said Stephanie C. Hill, president of the civil product line at Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS). “Our expertise in cloud migration processes and our alliances with technology partners provide a strong foundation for flexible cloud-based solutions for federal customers.”

“The EPA’s vision of a more cost-effective, modernized collaboration environment has arrived, thanks in large part to the incredible work of our partners at Lockheed Martin,” said Greg Myers, vice president of Microsoft Federal. “By moving to the cloud with Office 365 for Government, EPA personnel can be more productive from any location, while maintaining the highest levels of reliability, accessibility, and security.”

As the number one provider of IT services to the federal government, Lockheed Martin is a leader in secure cloud delivery, with more than five years of cloud experience in developing innovation centers, implementing flexible cloud computing solutions and working with partners to deliver the most comprehensive offerings. The company’s Solutions as a Service (SolaS™) secure cloud delivery offers a flexible, mission-focused approach that combines domain expertise, proven processes and smart technology.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Second F-35 For The Netherlands Rolls Out Of F-35 Production Facility

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 7, 2013 – The second Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II for the Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility on March 2. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this summer. The Netherlands is planning to use this conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jet, known as AN-2, for training and operational tests for pilots and maintainers. AN-2 will undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests later this year.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.  The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.