Lockheed Martin's CSOC and SpaceData International LLC Offer World's Fastest Commercial High Speed Data Services to the Oil & Gas Industry

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Consolidated Space Operations Contract and SpaceData International

    HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of Lockheed Martin announced
 today that its Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC) and SpaceData
 International (SDI) have successfully provided commercial data services to the
 oil, gas and energy industry using NASA's space and ground assets.  Under the
 CSOC contract, Lockheed Martin is authorized to sell available K-Band
 satellite capacity to commercial customers as long as there is no commercial
 alternative.
     The offering of this technology will be announced at the Offshore
 Technology Conference (OTC), held April 30-May 3, 2001, at Reliant Park in
 Houston, Texas. CSOC, with partners Space Data International and SkyComm
 International, will be located at the SPACEHAB booth 3401.
     SDI has been conducting a demonstration program with WesternGeco for the
 past six months transmitting on a daily basis raw seismic exploration data
 files from a vessel off the coast of Brazil.  The data is transmitted over a
 constellation of NASA communications satellites, to a NASA ground station at
 White Sands New Mexico and on to an SDI data server.  It is then sent by fiber
 directly into the WesternGeco processing center in Houston.
     This service, named SeismicStar, is an automatic point-to-point turnkey
 service for the oil and gas industry.  At 311 megabits per second, the SDI
 SeismicStar service is believed to be the fastest satellite transmission
 capability in the world by a commercial entity.  A typical daily 100-gigabyte
 file can be transmitted in less than an hour from a disk on the ship to a disk
 in the processing center.  To use this capacity, SpaceData has been successful
 in obtaining licenses from the FCC for the marine seismic exploration
 application.  Lockheed Martin and SDI have signed a long-term contract for the
 SDI use of a portion of the available capacity on NASA's Space Network.
     Because of the very large transponder bandwidth and the unique design of
 the TDRSS satellites, to date only NASA has the capability to provide these
 point-to-point global services via geostationary TDRSS Ku/Ka-Band satellites.
 The TDRSS satellites, via their pointing and tracking capability, can reach
 virtually anywhere in the world except the extreme North Pole and South Pole
 areas.  Licensing by commercial users with the FCC for the commercial use of
 these NASA TDRSS government frequency satellites is necessary.
     "The ability to offer these services to a company supporting the energy
 industry is truly remarkable," said Dan Heimerdinger, director of CSOC's
 Office of Commercialization. "Instead of taking months to transport
 information from remote locations, it can now typically be transported
 virtually instantaneously, saving a tremendous amount of time, workforce and
 money."
     "SpaceData is very pleased to partner with Lockheed Martin for the use of
 the TDRSS to support the oil and gas industry.  We believe that the
 SeismicStar service has the ability to revolutionize the seismic exploration
 data gathering and processing cycle," said Frank Van Rensselaer, chief
 executive officer of SpaceData International.
     "This unique commercial application of available NASA space and ground
 assets supports the NASA policy to commercialize where it makes sense and not
 compete with the private sector," stated Stan Newberry, NASA director of Space
 Operations.
     CSOC is a $3-billion-plus contract awarded by NASA to Lockheed Martin, who
 serves as the prime contractor to provide end-to-end space operations Mission
 and Data Services to both NASA and non-NASA customers. CSOC manages the
 majority of NASA's data collection, telemetry and communications operations
 that support Earth-orbiting satellites, planetary exploration, and human space
 flight activities. Services include data acquisition from spacecraft, data
 transmission to end-users, data processing and storage, ground and space
 communications, and mission control center operations.
     CSOC is part of Lockheed Martin Space Operations (LMSO), a business unit
 of Lockheed Martin Technology Services headquartered in Cherry Hill, New
 Jersey. LMSO, a high-tech engineering and science services firm, employs about
 4,000 engineers, scientists and support personnel.  Services include managing
 CSOC; software and hardware engineering for the Space Shuttle and
 International Space Station; mission operations and planning systems design,
 development, and integration; and human life sciences research.
 
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    HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of Lockheed Martin announced
 today that its Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC) and SpaceData
 International (SDI) have successfully provided commercial data services to the
 oil, gas and energy industry using NASA's space and ground assets.  Under the
 CSOC contract, Lockheed Martin is authorized to sell available K-Band
 satellite capacity to commercial customers as long as there is no commercial
 alternative.
     The offering of this technology will be announced at the Offshore
 Technology Conference (OTC), held April 30-May 3, 2001, at Reliant Park in
 Houston, Texas. CSOC, with partners Space Data International and SkyComm
 International, will be located at the SPACEHAB booth 3401.
     SDI has been conducting a demonstration program with WesternGeco for the
 past six months transmitting on a daily basis raw seismic exploration data
 files from a vessel off the coast of Brazil.  The data is transmitted over a
 constellation of NASA communications satellites, to a NASA ground station at
 White Sands New Mexico and on to an SDI data server.  It is then sent by fiber
 directly into the WesternGeco processing center in Houston.
     This service, named SeismicStar, is an automatic point-to-point turnkey
 service for the oil and gas industry.  At 311 megabits per second, the SDI
 SeismicStar service is believed to be the fastest satellite transmission
 capability in the world by a commercial entity.  A typical daily 100-gigabyte
 file can be transmitted in less than an hour from a disk on the ship to a disk
 in the processing center.  To use this capacity, SpaceData has been successful
 in obtaining licenses from the FCC for the marine seismic exploration
 application.  Lockheed Martin and SDI have signed a long-term contract for the
 SDI use of a portion of the available capacity on NASA's Space Network.
     Because of the very large transponder bandwidth and the unique design of
 the TDRSS satellites, to date only NASA has the capability to provide these
 point-to-point global services via geostationary TDRSS Ku/Ka-Band satellites.
 The TDRSS satellites, via their pointing and tracking capability, can reach
 virtually anywhere in the world except the extreme North Pole and South Pole
 areas.  Licensing by commercial users with the FCC for the commercial use of
 these NASA TDRSS government frequency satellites is necessary.
     "The ability to offer these services to a company supporting the energy
 industry is truly remarkable," said Dan Heimerdinger, director of CSOC's
 Office of Commercialization. "Instead of taking months to transport
 information from remote locations, it can now typically be transported
 virtually instantaneously, saving a tremendous amount of time, workforce and
 money."
     "SpaceData is very pleased to partner with Lockheed Martin for the use of
 the TDRSS to support the oil and gas industry.  We believe that the
 SeismicStar service has the ability to revolutionize the seismic exploration
 data gathering and processing cycle," said Frank Van Rensselaer, chief
 executive officer of SpaceData International.
     "This unique commercial application of available NASA space and ground
 assets supports the NASA policy to commercialize where it makes sense and not
 compete with the private sector," stated Stan Newberry, NASA director of Space
 Operations.
     CSOC is a $3-billion-plus contract awarded by NASA to Lockheed Martin, who
 serves as the prime contractor to provide end-to-end space operations Mission
 and Data Services to both NASA and non-NASA customers. CSOC manages the
 majority of NASA's data collection, telemetry and communications operations
 that support Earth-orbiting satellites, planetary exploration, and human space
 flight activities. Services include data acquisition from spacecraft, data
 transmission to end-users, data processing and storage, ground and space
 communications, and mission control center operations.
     CSOC is part of Lockheed Martin Space Operations (LMSO), a business unit
 of Lockheed Martin Technology Services headquartered in Cherry Hill, New
 Jersey. LMSO, a high-tech engineering and science services firm, employs about
 4,000 engineers, scientists and support personnel.  Services include managing
 CSOC; software and hardware engineering for the Space Shuttle and
 International Space Station; mission operations and planning systems design,
 development, and integration; and human life sciences research.
 
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