Lockheed Martin to Develop Microwave Sensing Nanosatellite for Weather Forecasting

GomSpace (GS) and Lockheed Martin Space have received a contract to develop and deliver a tailored GS 6U nanosatellite to Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a developer of technology and data for global resiliency, in the United Kingdom (UK). The contract is worth 17 MSEK and will be financed through an industrial corporation commitment made by Lockheed Martin to the state of Denmark. The project stems from initial introductory meetings first held in 2017, during B2B17 a business networking event aimed at developing new business relationships for the US-based technology company in Denmark.

OMS has developed a proprietary microwave sensor with significant potential to add value to weather forecasting and climate understanding for the benefit of users in a range of commercial and institutional segments. OMS is planning a future nanosatellite constellation to capture data for their intended service offerings and is currently in the early stages of constellation deployment.

Lockheed Martin will financially assist GS to design, develop an optimized 6U nanosatellite platform for the OMS sensor and GS will deliver the integrated 6U satellite to OMS by the end of 2020 for expected launch and evaluation in 2021. Lockheed Martin will also assist GS by providing technical assistance to review and improve GS quality systems, as well as enhance the nanosatellite's design life.

This development will demonstrate how GomSpace's flight-proven systems can be tailored into a dedicated solution for OMS that will hopefully prove itself as the building block for OMS' intended constellation. OMS, established both in the United States and the UK, consists of an experienced team with unique microwave technology and application knowledge.

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