Lockheed Martin secures $3.9M Air Force contract to continue tracking missiles, space debris

By: InnovatioNews Wednesday January 15, 2014 Tags: Colorado Springs, Lockheed Martin, Rob Smith

Lockheed Martin logoCOLORADO SPRINGS - Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will continue tracking and sharing data on orbiting space assets and debris with a $3.9 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, the company announced.

Under the contract, Lockheed will continue to develop the Non-Traditional Data Pre-Processor (NDPP) under the Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) contract.

ISC2 is responsible for providing conclusive and timely air and missile warning information to the President of the United States, Joint Chiefs and Prime Minister of Canada if North America were to come under attack.

In addition, ISC2 provides space situational awareness to the U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command using input from the Space Surveillance Network to accurately track and catalog more than 23,000 space objects.

"The cars we drive on Earth have mirrors and sensors to prevent bumps and scrapes, but if you're trying to avoid rapidly moving debris in space, you'll need enhanced situational awareness," said Rob Smith, VP of C4ISR Systems with Lockheed.

"Space has no national borders, so it's important to share collected data to protect all the space assets currently orbiting the planet."

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