John Holly, vice president of missile defense systems for Lockheed’s space systems business unit, keynoted the celebration and lauded the company’s defense work, according to a company statement.
“A commitment to innovation in developing defense technologies to meet military needs inspired Lockheed to establish a facility in Huntsville five decades ago,” he said.
The Huntsville facility played a key role in the U.S. Army‘s missile defense programs such as the 1984 homing overlay experiment, which successfully demonstrated the world’s first hit-to-kill intercept of a test missile outside the atmosphere.
Also, it served as the prime contractor on NASA’s space shuttle program at the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1973.
The 57-acre campus currently houses approximately 800 employees in nine buildings.
The complex provides management and engineering services for the medium extended air defense system and other missile defense programs.