HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Lockheed is working with three universities to support small businesses and universities participating in U.S. government technology programs.
Called the Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace, the program will support private sector and academic sector technologists in participating in the U.S. Department of Defense's Small Business Innovation Research, Technology Transfer and Mentor Protege programs.
Collaborating with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Huntsville, Ala., are Auburn University, Tuskegee University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
"Working together, Lockheed Martin and our university partners will further increase our active support of Department of Defense programs for small business and academic technology research," said John W. Holly, vice president of Missile Defense Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.
"This local-level initiative will provide national-level benefits by helping bring more cutting-edge technologies into the systems our war fighters rely upon to defend our country."
The Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace will focus on supporting emerging technology for missile defense applications.
As part of the program, Lockheed Martin will provide a center on its campus in Huntsville that will provide researchers with meeting and work space, as well as high-speed network connections to similar Lockheed Martin centers elsewhere in the United States.
The company plans to expand the facility in 2012 to include a technology test bed where researchers will be able to plug their new products into a simulation environment to assess interoperability with existing Lockheed Martin and government systems.