Lockheed Martin announced March 30 that it expects to develop a “more efficient and reliable process for space vehicle component and flight software integration through its newly established Space Vehicle Integration Laboratory (SVIL). The lab, located at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Denver, has state-of-the-art computer hardware and software technologies to enable space vehicle developers to better understand how their spacecraft will operate on-orbit. “The ability to field both large and small satellites quickly and reliably is a critical capability supporting the warfighter,” said Rick Ambrose, Lockheed’s vice president and general manager of surveillance and navigation systems. He said the SVIL will help the company in “eliminating cost, schedule, and weight drivers to provide mission-focused solutions.”
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.