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Cal Poly Engineering Students Present Spacecraft Designs to Lockheed Martin

 Cal Poly Engineering Students Present Spacecraft Designs to Lockheed Martin

Students Gain Real-world Exposure to Spacecraft Design Process

PR Newswire

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 15, 2013

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Aerospace engineering students
at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, have
completed a design review with Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Space Systems
Company for geostationary satellites and service vehicles.

The review, which was conducted at Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, Calif.,
facility, concluded a year-long project for the students in the Spacecraft
Design class taught by Professor David Esposto. The project provided the
students with a real-world experience in which they followed standard
commercial and government contract procedures, including a "customer" design
review.

The aerospace engineering students received a request for proposal (RFP) at
the start of the academic year. They performed research, calculations and
simulations to design an architecture and the spacecraft to meet the RFP
requirements. The 19 students then presented their designs to a group of 30
experienced Lockheed Martin engineers, who acted as an independent review
panel for this project as part of the Corporation's engagement activities with
Cal Poly.

"Exposure to real-world work practices through project-based learning fosters
students' creative and critical thinking skills, both of which are imperative
to the type of work we do," said Tory Bruno, president of Strategic & Missile
Defense Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Bruno is the executive
responsible for the Corporation's relationship with Cal Poly. Lockheed Martin
focuses on supporting diverse and sustainable science, technology, engineering
and math activities that reach students and educators from elementary school
through college.

Student Ryan Rader said that the design review gave him insight to things
"that you cannot look up in a textbook," including increased knowledge of
technical issues associated with spacecraft design.

"The students demonstrated a love for the aerospace industry, a command of
their discipline, and an inquisitive nature to learn and innovate," said Julie
Sattler, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Company. "Their design solutions were unconstrained, providing new
perspectives and innovative ideas," noted Sattler, who served on the design
review panel.

Student Leila Tebyani's favorite part of the design presentation was "the
number of people who came to the presentation, the quality of feedback and the
burst of inspiration from Julie Sattler." In addition to evaluating the
spacecraft designs, Sattler provided the students with insights on career path
options.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company designs, develops, tests, manufactures
and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national
security, civil and commercial customers. Chief products include human space
flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and
communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and
interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; ballistic missiles; missile defense
systems; and nanotechnology research and development.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and
services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Media Contact: Dana Carroll, 408.756.4726; dana.h.carroll@lmco.com

For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

Website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com
 
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