15 July 2014

Lockheed Martin Opens Space Technology Office in the UK

London – 15 July 2014 - Lockheed Martin is opening a space technology office in Great Britain to explore partnership opportunities with UK businesses and universities. The office will be based at the UK Space Gateway in Harwell Oxford.

Our new office will support the UK Space Agency’s objective to grow national involvement in the space sector through innovation and science, new opportunities, and space-related exports,” said Stephen Ball, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK. “We will underpin this strategy by working with industry and academia to identify opportunities to accelerate innovation, strengthen national space expertise, and connect UK organisations with international space programmes.”

Representatives from Lockheed Martin Space Systems recently met with more than 30 companies, universities and government agencies in a space industry tour that included both Harwell Oxford and the Institution of Engineering and Technology in Glasgow, Scotland. The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills supported Lockheed Martin’s efforts to identify and meet with innovative firms that are aligned with the UK’s space growth strategy.

Dr. David Parker, Chief Executive, UK Space Agency, said, “I’m encouraged by Lockheed Martin’s growing commitment to the future of the UK space sector. We have identified space as one of the Eight Great technologies that will push the UK economy forward and have set some ambitious targets to capture 10 percent of the global space market by 2030. Lockheed Martin’s heritage, knowledge and expertise can only help strengthen the UK supply chain, making Britain more competitive for the challenges ahead.”

Lockheed Martin UK, headquartered in London, is the UK-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. Lockheed Martin UK specialises in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company employs more than 3,000 people in the UK across 20 sites, working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

Source: Lockheed Martin