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10 Sep 14. A new technology center in the heart of Silicon Valley will help Lockheed Martin advance optical systems that power innovations used in satellites, lasers, telescopes and targeting systems. The Optical Payload Center of Excellence unites design teams into one fast-acting, collaborative unit to develop optical payload technologies that are more powerful, precise and affordable than today’s systems. It incorporates experts across the world from Lockheed Martin, its industry partners and leading research universities.
“The Optical Payload Center of Excellence will benefit from the digital tapestry that links all stages of development, from initial concept and design to production and qualification,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “We are leading the way, using immersive virtual reality systems and 3-D printing, to simplify manufacturing and assembly processes. This reduces cost and accelerates the delivery of complex systems.”
The center will provide a place for experts to collaborate, develop, test and produce optical payloads. Scientists and engineers will not only advance technology but also research ways to deliver exacting capability faster and more affordably. For example, sensitive optics on NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph are delivering incredible new images of hidden areas of the sun using a small satellite, which went from concept to payload completion in just 36 months. The center is located at the company’s newest research and development facility in Palo Alto to capture the best talent and resources the region has to offer. It is a unique collaborative setting for mission, technology and system engineering experts.
“Our customers are increasingly turning to optical payloads for their unrivaled precision and power, particularly on satellite systems,” Ambrose said. “Considering our 50 years of experience delivering space-qualified optical systems, we deeply understand our customers’ missions, needs and requirements.”
From observatories and satellites to missile defense seekers and targeting pods, numerous Lockheed Martin products use sophisticated optics, such as digital focal planes, directed energy lasers, ladar systems and specialized optical systems research.
10 Sep 14. Czech, Slovak, Hungarian Armies To Jointly Acquire 3-D Radars. Czech, Slovak and Hungarian defense companies have unveiled a project to jointly supply new 3-D radars to their armies with the aim of replacing Soviet-built P-37 radars. The project is designed to enhance the interoperability of the three armed forces, and ensure the new radars are impenetrable to Russian military. Under the plan, the Czech Army is to acquire five new radars, Slovakia’s military will obtain four units and the Hungarian armed forces two radars, reported Czech business daily E15. The new radar will cost up to 325m krona (US $15m). Andrej Cirtek, a spokesperson for Czech truck maker Tatra, which is cooperating with other companies on the effort, said the project could be a major incentive for increased defense industry cooperation in Central Europe. The Polish Ministry of Defense was also invited to participate in the procurement, but will most likely not take part in the radar program. By the end of September, the Czech ministry is expected to decide whether it will acquire the radars together with its Slovak and Hungarian counterparts, or hold a separate contest. According to the information obtained by the Czech paper, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems have expressed interest in supplying new radars to the Czech Republic. (Source: Defense News)
10 Sep 14. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and demonstrate advanced wideband digital antenna technology for next generati