Maria Demaree, vice president and general manager of mission solutions at Lockheed Martin's space segment, has said a new software-based technology can support reconfiguration of satellites according to mission requirements, C4ISRNET reported Friday.
She noted that SmartSat can help reprogram other satellites in the event of a weather satellite malfunction and deliver coverage between continental regions.
Lockheed introduced SmartSat in March and noted it would integrate the technology into Linus and Pony Express nanosatellites that are slated to launch on the LM 50 platform later this year.
Sonia Phares, VP of systems, software, cyber and operations at Lockheed, added the company's new satellite architecture has the potential to retain updates from ground controllers and facilitate big data processing.
“We can integrate onboard artificial intelligence and machine learning, making our satellites smarter than ever,“ Phares said.