Lockheed Martin unveils open-source hardware upgrade system for satellites

By Shelley K. Mesch / April 6, 2022 at 11:50 AM
LITTLETON, CO -- Aiming to provide continuous capability upgrades to satellites, Lockheed Martin has released open-source plans for docking systems that would allow for autonomous, in-orbit hardware additions. Any future satellite fitted with a Mission Augmentation Port, or MAP, could attach hardware fitted with another port, allowing governments to launch new hardware for satellites years after the space vehicle enters orbit, Lockheed Martin senior director of advanced programs Paul Pelley said Monday. The host satellite can detach the hardware that...

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