This Passive Exoskeleton Makes 36 Pounds Feel Like Nothing

You all remember the TALOS, right? That big cybernetic exosuit designed to boost the physical abilities of its wearer? This is its unpowered cousin and, while it won't turn you into Captain America (regardless of how friggin awesome that would be), it is already revolutionizing how America's Navy builds its… » 8/20/14 11:45am 8/20/14 11:45am

First Satellite To Capture High-Res Public Images Is Ready for Launch

In mid-June, the U.S. government relaxed its previously strict rules on high-definition satellite imaging, allowing mapping services like Google Maps to scale up to a higher resolution. DigitalGlobe led the charge in changing the U.S. ruling in part because of its upcoming Worldview-3 satellite, which will provide the… » 8/10/14 9:00am 8/10/14 9:00am

20,400 Tons of Deliveries Later, the Pilotless K-Max Is Coming Home

Even though it's still officially a prototype transport system, the K-max unmanned delivery helicopter from Lockheed Martin and Kamen has become a workhorse for US Marine Corps But despite its strong showing throughout the War in Afghanistan, the future of this pilotless chopper remains uncertain. » 7/28/14 12:00pm 7/28/14 12:00pm

The World's Fastest Speedskating Suit Has Lockheed Martin DNA

As much as the Olympics are a test of humanity's physical capabilities, these days the events are also an opportunity for equipment makers to show off their latest technologies designed to enhance an athlete's performance. And it's fitting that Under Armour's new speedskating suit—which the company claims is the… » 1/16/14 2:00pm 1/16/14 2:00pm

America's next hypersonic missile seems designed by ACME and the Coyote

This is Lockheed Martin's concept for a High Speed Strike Weapon that will enable the United States to strike anywhere in the world within hours. They claim it's been designed by Skunk Works—their advanced research division—but it looks like they ordered it from an ACME catalog. » 11/12/13 11:14am 11/12/13 11:14am

This is the amazing Lockheed Martin SR-72—the space Blackbird

Aviation Week's Guy Norris has an exclusive article on the successor for the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird, the legendary spy plane that may be the favorite of every airplane nerd in the world. The hypersonic SR-72 is the first aircraft that can fit perfectly in Star Wars or Galactica, a true space age ship. » 11/01/13 10:27am 11/01/13 10:27am

DARPA wants drones to have lasers too

Laser pods mounted on drones to shoot down missiles. Yeah, that's science fiction warfare, right there. And that's exactly what the US military wants. The US just gave Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman contracts to develop aircraft-mounted laser weapons to protect drones from getting hit by missiles. Or create a… » 10/30/13 11:12pm 10/30/13 11:12pm

Highlights from the World's Largest Drone Fair

Defense industry specialists circled up in Washington this week for the three-day-long trade fair of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. In other words, a bunch of guys with a lot of money just got together for a giant drone show. It's actually the world's largest. And here are its wares. » 8/16/13 8:26am 8/16/13 8:26am

Making Salt Water Drinkable Just Got 99 Percent Easier

Access to steady supplies of clean water is getting more and more difficult in the developing world, especially as demand skyrockets. In response, many countries have turned to the sea for potable fluids but existing reverse osmosis plants rely on complicated processes that are expensive and energy-intensive to… » 3/15/13 8:00pm 3/15/13 8:00pm

The Trillion Dollar F-35 Is Grounded Yet Again

In what is becoming almost as consistent as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, the F-35—America's trillion dollar joke of a fighter jet—has been grounded again. I don't even know how many times the fighter jet has been grounded now, I've lost count. This time, it's because of a crack in a turbine… » 2/22/13 7:54pm 2/22/13 7:54pm

F-35A Stealth Fighter Drops Its First Bomb

Amidst heavy criticism—and in the middle of a Presidential race that will be key to its future—the beleaguered F-35 Lightning II program keeps marching on: Lockheed Martin has completed the fighter's first weapons test, successfully dropping a 2,000-pound bomb from its left internal weapons bay over the Naval Air… » 10/17/12 1:13pm 10/17/12 1:13pm

Holy Crap—Look at All These SR-71 Blackbirds Together!

Like Richard Gottardo says: this image reaches a "maximum amount of awesomeness." Eleven! Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbirds—perhaps the the most exhilarating piece of flying titanium ever to touch the sky along with the Oxcart A-12—"posing" together. » 10/10/12 9:00pm 10/10/12 9:00pm

In April 1986, following an attack on American soldiers in a…

These Kids Want To Blow Up the White House

Hordes of children ran around as wild as a locust swarm at the recent USA Science & Engineering Festival. The main attraction: the Lockheed Martin booth, with its faux F-22 cockpit and Orion spacecraft simulator. There, the virtual big guns provoked a surprising mix of reactions from the 7-year-olds. Some apathy. Some… » 7/10/12 12:00pm 7/10/12 12:00pm

The War Zone Cargo Copter That Lifts 6,000 Pounds Without a Pilot

Rugged doesn't even begin to describe Afghanistan's terrain. Delivering supplies to distant outposts over land through hostile territory is a difficult and deadly proposition—and even helicopter transports are not immune from RPG fire. So, to make essential cargo drops without risking the lives of American… » 6/26/12 11:30am 6/26/12 11:30am