Lockheed Martin's CSOC Announces Plans To Demo Satellite-Based HDTV Broadcast Capabilities at NAB Conference

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lockheed Martin

    HOUSTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of Lockheed Martin's
 Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC) announced today that plans are
 underway to support an Advanced Space Communications Demonstration at the
 National Association of Broadcaster's Convention being held in Las Vegas, NV
 on April 23-26, 2001.
     This demonstration, which is the first of its kind, will deliver High
 Definition Television (HDTV) content and advanced multimedia applications from
 a simulated International Space Station location to numerous sites across the
 continental United States in a real-time, seamless manner.  To date, only NASA
 has the capability to provide these global services via geostationary
 Ku/Ka-Band satellites; NASA's assets will be used in the demonstration. The
 intent of the demonstration is to show that an application of NASA and
 commercial assets can be used in a powerful combination to address a new
 market -- HDTV from space and global HDTV broadcasting.
     "This demonstration will prove that a fully commercial system can enhance
 NASA's communications infrastructure and enable high data rate communications
 to and from the Space Station," said Dan Heimerdinger, director of CSOC's
 Office of Commercialization. "Not only can NASA benefit from this
 state-of-the-art technology, but by opening up this capability to the private
 sector, we open up the marketplace for high demand K-Band applications, such
 as real time global HDTV broadcasts, which can be used in a virtually
 unlimited number of applications."
     The offering of this technology to the commercial industry is in keeping
 with a CSOC initiative to help NASA defray costs and improve support to manned
 Shuttle and International Space Station missions through a variety of
 commercial architectures. Under the CSOC contract, Lockheed Martin is
 authorized to sell excess K-Band satellite capacity to commercial customers.
     "This demonstration opens the door for potential commercial investment in
 the forthcoming communications architecture that will bring the International
 Space Station and scores of other locations to a computer and television near
 everyone in the world," said Martin Skudlarek, manager of Advanced Technology
 for CSOC. "Additionally, new partnerships will spring from this platform whose
 aspirations will be much less encumbered by technical constraints."
     A web site providing additional information on this technology and the
 demonstration is located at http://www.csoconline.com.
     Private industry is partnering with Lockheed Martin and NASA in this
 initiative with over $3M of donated services and systems. Some of the
 organizations contributing to this demonstration include Ampex Data Systems,
 Bell Atlantic, Boeing Satellite Systems, Cisco Systems, Compaq Computer
 Corporation, Cobalt Digital, Cylink Corporation, Dreamtime Holdings, Harmonic
 Data Systems, K-Tech, Marconi Communications plc, Newtec America, Panasonic,
 US Naval Research Laboratory, Qwest Communications International Inc,
 Radyne-Comstream, and others.
     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 and
 Mission and Data Services to both NASA and non-NASA customers. CSOC manages
 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.
     Lockheed Martin Space Operations (LMSO) is 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 System
 Engineering and Integration, software and hardware development for both
 government and commercial Customers; mission operations and planning systems
 design and human life sciences research.
 
 

SOURCE Lockheed Martin
    HOUSTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of Lockheed Martin's
 Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC) announced today that plans are
 underway to support an Advanced Space Communications Demonstration at the
 National Association of Broadcaster's Convention being held in Las Vegas, NV
 on April 23-26, 2001.
     This demonstration, which is the first of its kind, will deliver High
 Definition Television (HDTV) content and advanced multimedia applications from
 a simulated International Space Station location to numerous sites across the
 continental United States in a real-time, seamless manner.  To date, only NASA
 has the capability to provide these global services via geostationary
 Ku/Ka-Band satellites; NASA's assets will be used in the demonstration. The
 intent of the demonstration is to show that an application of NASA and
 commercial assets can be used in a powerful combination to address a new
 market -- HDTV from space and global HDTV broadcasting.
     "This demonstration will prove that a fully commercial system can enhance
 NASA's communications infrastructure and enable high data rate communications
 to and from the Space Station," said Dan Heimerdinger, director of CSOC's
 Office of Commercialization. "Not only can NASA benefit from this
 state-of-the-art technology, but by opening up this capability to the private
 sector, we open up the marketplace for high demand K-Band applications, such
 as real time global HDTV broadcasts, which can be used in a virtually
 unlimited number of applications."
     The offering of this technology to the commercial industry is in keeping
 with a CSOC initiative to help NASA defray costs and improve support to manned
 Shuttle and International Space Station missions through a variety of
 commercial architectures. Under the CSOC contract, Lockheed Martin is
 authorized to sell excess K-Band satellite capacity to commercial customers.
     "This demonstration opens the door for potential commercial investment in
 the forthcoming communications architecture that will bring the International
 Space Station and scores of other locations to a computer and television near
 everyone in the world," said Martin Skudlarek, manager of Advanced Technology
 for CSOC. "Additionally, new partnerships will spring from this platform whose
 aspirations will be much less encumbered by technical constraints."
     A web site providing additional information on this technology and the
 demonstration is located at http://www.csoconline.com.
     Private industry is partnering with Lockheed Martin and NASA in this
 initiative with over $3M of donated services and systems. Some of the
 organizations contributing to this demonstration include Ampex Data Systems,
 Bell Atlantic, Boeing Satellite Systems, Cisco Systems, Compaq Computer
 Corporation, Cobalt Digital, Cylink Corporation, Dreamtime Holdings, Harmonic
 Data Systems, K-Tech, Marconi Communications plc, Newtec America, Panasonic,
 US Naval Research Laboratory, Qwest Communications International Inc,
 Radyne-Comstream, and others.
     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 and
 Mission and Data Services to both NASA and non-NASA customers. CSOC manages
 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.
     Lockheed Martin Space Operations (LMSO) is 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 System
 Engineering and Integration, software and hardware development for both
 government and commercial Customers; mission operations and planning systems
 design and human life sciences research.
 
 SOURCE  Lockheed Martin

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