Infrared Search And Track Systems And The Future Of The US Fighter Force

Lockheed has a new modular sensor system for combat aircraft dubbed the "Legion Pod" that aims at plugging a major hole in US air warfare capability. It provides a bolt-on Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for optically hunting down enemy aircraft, especially stealthy ones, that our radars have trouble detecting. » 3/26/15 3:10pm Thursday 3:10pm

This Is What Lockheed's New Laser Can Do

Lockheed Martin recently tested its new Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) laser—not to be confused with the Navy's laser—on the Ford F-150 pictured above. The weapons system hit the truck's running engine from a mile away. The engine doesn't run any more. » 3/06/15 5:35pm 3/06/15 5:35pm

Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts

Arati Prabhakar—director of the Pentagon's advanced research arm DARPA—has revealed a breakthrough achievement in machine mind control. Jan Scheuermann, a 55-year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes in her brain, has been able to fly an F-35 fighter jet using "nothing but her thoughts." » 3/03/15 6:17pm 3/03/15 6:17pm

Cool frontal shot really makes the F-35 look like a sci-fi starfighter

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video explains its top secret engine technology. » 12/21/14 1:39am 12/21/14 1:39am

This Is the Future of Heavy Work, and It Looks Awesome

Always fancied riveting one-handed like a super-hero factory worker, some kind of 21st century John Henry? No problem! Lockheed Martin's Fortis exoskeleton–introduced in 2014–allows any worker to handle heavy hand tools while standing or kneeling. And it looks like the future. » 11/26/14 7:30am 11/26/14 7:30am

Quadcopter And Unmanned Helicopter Combo Is Great At Fighting Fire

Forest fires are a persistent problem for the U.S, and our best line of defence is still all too often just men on the ground with backhoes. But combining a remotely-piloted quadcopter with Kaman's unmanned K-Max helicopter could make for a fearsome alternative to smokejumpers. » 11/19/14 12:08am 11/19/14 12:08am

Don’t Get Too Excited – No One Has Cracked Nuclear Fusion Yet

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin's announcement this week that it could make small-scale nuclear fusion power a reality in the next decade has understandably generated excitement in the media. Physicists, however, aren't getting their hopes up just yet. » 10/18/14 9:30am 10/18/14 9:30am

Lockheed Martin's new fusion reactor might change humanity forever

This is an invention that might change civilization as we know it: A compact fusion reactor developed by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology division of Lockheed Martin. It's the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, spaceships, and cities. Skunk Works claims it will be operative in 10 years. » 10/15/14 10:41am 10/15/14 10:41am

This woman has one of the best, most badass jobs in the world

Liz Kaszynski has one of the best jobs in the world: She is one of the ten aerial photographers working at Lockheed Martin, taking pictures from the back of fighter jets and hanging from helicopter doors all over the world. Watch her talking about it here and be jealous (I am. Very.) » 10/07/14 12:17pm 10/07/14 12:17pm

Now You Can Hang the Most Badass Aviation Photo Ever on Your Wall

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

A Chinese Exec Living in Canada Hacked and Sold Secret Warplane Data

Attacks on U.S. networks come as little surprise these days, but the Department of Justice is now charging a Chinese executive living in Canada with stealing sensitive data about U.S. warplanes and selling it on. » 7/14/14 3:40am 7/14/14 3:40am

The F-35 Fleet Was Grounded Again for the Bajillionth Time

The Pentagon grounded its very expensive and very problematic F-35 fleet over the weekend due to an apparent engine oil leak. Within a day or so, the military inspected all 104 of the jets, three of which did not pass the tests. The rest are now back in the air. » 6/16/14 2:36pm 6/16/14 2:36pm

Why Is The 'Retired' F-117 Nighthawk Still Flying?

These Lockheed engineers stuck themselves to walls using duct tape

In celebration of National Engineers Week, six teams of engineers from Lockheed Martin devised duct taping designs that they thought could hold a human being on a wall for the longest amount of time. Then they ran this crazy contest. » 2/21/14 1:26pm 2/21/14 1:26pm

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