California, USA, 3 August 2006: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, one of five core business areas of the Lockheed Martin Corporation with annual sales of approximately $7 billion, is marking 50 years of operations at its two major facilities in Denver, Colorado, and Sunnyvale, California this month.
With more than 18,000 employees nationwide, Space Systems is a world leader in leader in the design, production and integration of spacecraft as well as missile systems for defensive and strategic missions.
The company built CORONA, the first remote-sensing intelligence satellites that date back to the 1960s. Since then, Space Systems has been at the forefront of developing sophisticated technologies for missile defense, next-generation launch vehicles and systems that push the frontiers of space. The company – which designed and built the Hubble Space Telescope, the entire Landsat series of satellites, and a fleet of planetary explorers — has a long and storied history of achieving many aerospace “firsts,” including the first radio communication from a satellite; the first three-axis stabilized communications spacecraft that revolutionized the satellite industry; the first weather pictures from space; the first soft-landings on the Martian surface; and the placement on-orbit of the first commercial remote-sensing satellite that can resolve objects on the ground as small as one meter in diameter.