Lockheed Submits Proposal for Air Force’s Commercial Payload Contract; Mark Valerio Comments

Lockheed Martin BlueLockheed Martin has submitted its proposal for an Air Force contract to host government payloads on commercial spacecraft.

The Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative will have a contractor procure an on-orbit hosted payload system and integrated ground system equipment with a goal of delivering payload data to the government user, Lockheed said Tuesday.

“Just since 2000, Lockheed Martin has delivered 84 payloads on 16 different types of satellites from multiple manufacturers,” said Mark Valerio, vice president of Lockheed’s military space line of business.

“Three of these have been government payloads integrated on commercial hosts,” he added.

Electronics and sensors packages are hosted on a spacecraft to share launch, propulsion and power services, Lockheed said.

Valerio also said that this public and private payload hosting partnership could be of use for national space missions and the Bethesda, Md.-based company’s proposal is a road map for where the company would like this partnership to go.

“We are eager to partner with the Air Force in pursuit of this best-balance approach for national space missions and we are committed to building on our 50-year partnership to serve in that capacity,” Valerio added.

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