Rick Ambrose, executive vice president ofÂ Lockheed Martinâ€™s space systems division, considers the convergence of commercial and defense systems as a necessary step in fulfilling the future needs of government for space systems, Space NewsÂ reportedÂ Monday.
Ambrose told Space Newsâ€™Â Mike GrussÂ that the company currently develops high-throughput satellites and payloads, which he says are â€œthe same as some of the attributes that the government is looking for in the future.â€
According to the report, Ambrose said that the convergence of commercial and defense systems will alsoÂ aidÂ Lockheed Martin in deciding what technologies to invest in.
Ambrose cited the companyâ€™s past efforts to modernize the A2100 satellite bus and establish two payload centers for electro-optical and radio-frequency payloads, Space News reports.
Lockheed currently builds government and commercial satellites in Denver, Colorado and Sunnyvale, California and serves as theÂ U.S. Air Forceâ€™s contractor for global positioning system, missile warning and protected communications satellites, Gruss reports.
â€œIn the future we can be extremely smart buyers of payloads and capacities, and pick out the real talented attributes,â€ Ambrose told Space News, adding that he hopes to pull that talent from Silicon Valley.