Lockheed Martin is partnering with three universities to establish a program in Huntsville, Alabama, that will support small businesses and universities participating in federal technology programs.
Called the Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace, the program will support private sector and academic sector technologists in participating in the US Department of Defense's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Technology Transfer (STTR) and Mentor Protege programs. Collaborating with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. are Auburn University, Tuskegee University, and University of Alabama.
The Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace will focus on supporting emerging technology for missile defense applications. As part of the program, Lockheed Martin will provide a center on its Bradford Drive campus in Huntsville. The center will open by the end of this year and initially will provide researchers with a conference room with meeting and work space, as well as high-speed network connections to similar Lockheed Martin centers such as those in Washington, DC, and San Diego, California.
The company plans to expand the facility in 2012 to include a technology test bed where researchers will be able to plug their new products into a simulation environment to assess interoperability with existing Lockheed Martin and government systems.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems employs more than 800 people in Huntsville and Courtland in the company's Missile Defense Systems operating unit. The company performs program management and engineering for key missile defense contracts in Huntsville and missile defense assembly, integration and test services in Courtland.