At the ATC, innovation extends beyond incremental change. We push for first-of-a-kind capability with enduring impact. Whatever the application, our charter is to create game-changing technologies.
We are the research labs for Lockheed Martin Space. The ATC creates foundational technologies that inspire, protect and connect our world. Our history goes back to 1956, founded in Palo Alto, California, helping seed what would become Silicon Valley. Today, we still carry on the legacy that started our labs, like the very beginnings of solar science and rocket technology (even underwater). We continue to evolve and lead the way in new realms, like lasers, nanomaterials and informatics. At the ATC, we’re driving change in our endless pursuit of what’s next.
ATC’s inventions and innovations create first-of-a-kind of capability. Its technology paved the way for the first imaging satellites, showing our majestic planet from orbit. We built the first solar instruments that illuminated the source of solar storms, honed systems that can shoot down UAVs with directed energy, see the unseen with lidar and ladar and developed precision controls that allow our telescopes to zoom in to 1 percent of the sun’s surface. We also developed the foundational technology that launched the first submarine-launched ballistic missile. The ATC team continues to make a difference with projects in three technology categories: Current, supporting existing programs and capabilities; Next Gen, applying new thinking for near-future applications; and Gen After Next, where lies the visionary value of the ATC, predicting challenges for our customers and creating new technologies that form the future.
Applying proven methods in new ways to advance missions in production.
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