Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023
Lockheed Martin Opens Operations Center of the Future

Lockheed Martin has unveiled its Operations Center of the Future, a state-of-the-art technology test bed that demonstrates how satellite operators will be able to manage multiple space missions simultaneously. The center, located near Denver, Colorado, uses Lockheed Martin’s Compass Mission Planning and Horizon Command and Control software, which has already been utilized for government, research, and commercial space missions. This software allows for the management of single satellites or entire constellations by a single operator, from anywhere in the world.

The Operations Center of the Future incorporates next-generation AI, automation, and cloud capabilities, allowing operators to remain closely connected to their missions regardless of their physical location. Remote operators can receive timely mission updates and securely login to make informed decisions from virtually anywhere. The center’s automation and artificial intelligence capabilities enable it to manage satellite constellations of various sizes. It also offers flexibility, minimal staff requirements, and the ability for “lights out” operations.

The center’s successful test flight earlier in the year with the In-space Upgrade Satellite System demonstrated how small satellites can enhance and sustain space architectures with new capabilities. In addition to this achievement, the Operations Center of the Future is expected to command and control upcoming missions such as Pony Express 2, TacSat, and the LM 400 on-orbit tech demonstration missions.

Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company based in Bethesda, Maryland, is dedicated to the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. With approximately 116,000 employees worldwide, the company continues to drive innovations in space technology.

For more information, visit the Lockheed Martin website.