Recent News from the Commercial Space Gateway

(Space Fellowship) Equipped with New Sensors, Morpheus Preps to Tackle Landing on its Own

A test flight later this week will challenge a set of sensors to map out a 65-yard square of boulder-sized hazards and pick out a safe place to land. Mounted to an uncrewed prototype lander called Morpheus that flies autonomously several hundred feet above the ground, the sensor system will have 10 seconds to do its work: six seconds really, as it will take four seconds to map the area before choosing a landing site. The good news for the team of about 45 engineers who have been working  [...]
  

(ScienceDaily) Mapping the road to quantum gravity

The road uniting quantum field theory and general relativity -- the two great theories of modern physics -- has been impassable for 80 years. Could a tool from condensed matter physics finally help map the way?   

(ScienceDaily) Some astronauts at risk for cognitive impairment, animal studies suggest

Rats exposed to high-energy particles, simulating conditions astronauts would face on a long-term deep space mission, show lapses in attention and slower reaction times, even when the radiation exposure is in extremely low dose ranges, new research shows. The cognitive impairments — which affected a large subset, but far from all, of the animals — appear to be linked to protein changes in the brain, the scientists say.   

(Discovery News) DNews: Why Does Russia See So Many Meteors?

A few days ago, a fireball lit up the skies over Murmansk, Russia. It seems like Russia sees more meteors than the rest of the world. Why Russia? Trace and Discovery News Space Producer Ian O'Neill have the answer.   

(Space Fellowship) Astronauts Exit Station after Progress Undocks for Tests

NASA Astronauts Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio have stepped outside the International Space Station for a short spacewalk to replace a failed Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) back up computer. They set their spacesuits to battery power at 9:56 a.m. EDT signifying the excursion’s official beginning time. The backup computer failed April 11 after a routine health check by the Mission Control team in Houston. While the primary computer continues operating flawlessly NASA managers ordered to [...]
  

(Commercial Space Watch) MDA Expands Partnership with DigitalGlobe

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has signed a contract with DigitalGlobe, Inc., to expand its existing direct access ground systems to include the ability to task, downlink, and process imagery from the WorldView-3 and GeoEye-1 satellites.

MDA has also signed an agreement to become DigitalGlobe's preferred supplier of ground station solutions offered to international customers. This is an update to an agreement announced in December 2006. MDA's solution enables customers to directly access the optical imaging capabilities of the supported satellites to obtain timely and accurate geospatial data that is critical for decision-making.

Don Osborne, MDA's group vice president of Information Systems said, "We are excited to renew our long-standing partnership agreement, which allows DigitalGlobe and MDA to deliver systems enabling direct access to DigitalGlobe's satellite constellation that provide the world's highest resolution commercial imagery."

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA's well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

The Company's common shares trade under the symbol TSX:MDA.

  

(Space Politics) Bolden defends NASA’s exploration plans, but warns big budgets aren’t on the horizon

In a conference speech Tuesday, NASA administrator Charles Bolden warned against trying to redirect NASA’s exploration plans, while also cautioning that those plans have to fit in an environment where Apollo-era budgets aren’t realistic.

“We made a decision. Some people in this room don’t like it. But we’re on our way, and you can either [...]   

(Space Fellowship) Russian Spacecraft to Test New Docking System on Space Station

MOSCOW – A Russian Progress unmanned cargo spacecraft has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) to test a new automated approach and docking system, a spokesman for Russia’s Mission Control Center said Wednesday. “The cargo ship undocked from the ISS in an automatic mode using the Kurs-NA system. At 4:16 p.m. Moscow time on Friday, Progress M-21M is expected to re-dock with the station to test the work of Kurs-NA,” the spokesman said. The Kurs-NA automated docking sys [...]
  

(euronews) Revolutions in bike design

The Halfbike is a tricycle, made in Bulgaria, designed to be ridden standing up in order to work muscles that are not used when riding a conventional…




  

(Space Fellowship) Arp 81: 100 Million Years Later

From planet Earth, we see this strongly distorted pair of galaxies, cataloged as Arp 81, as they were only about 100 million years after their close encounter. The havoc wreaked by their mutual gravitational interaction during the encounter is detailed in this color composite image showing twisted streams of gas and dust, a chaos of massive star formation, and a tidal tail stretching for 200 thousand light-years or so as it sweeps behind the cosmic wreckage. Also known as NGC 6622 (left) and [...]
  

(Space Fellowship) Astronauts Complete Short Spacewalk to Replace Backup Computer

NASA Astronauts Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio have completed a short spacewalk to replace a failed Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) back up computer. They began the re-pressurization of the Quest airlock at 11:32 a.m. EDT signifying the excursion’s end time. The backup computer failed April 11 after a routine health check by the Mission Control team in Houston. While the primary computer continues operating flawlessly NASA managers ordered Wednesday’s spacewalk repair to ensure redund [...]
  

(Discovery News) Spacewalking Astronauts Replace Dead Computer on Space Station

Two astronauts made quick work of their repair during the spacewalk.   

(Commercial Space Watch) Eutelsat Concludes Deal with EchoStar's Hughes for High-Throughput Capacity on the EUTELSAT 65 West A Satellite for Broadband in Brazil

Eutelsat do Brasil, the Brazilian affiliate of Eutelsat Communications
(NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced that they have concluded a 15-year contract with Hughes Network Systems do Brasil (Hughes), an EchoStar company, for the entire Ka-band capacity connected to the Brazilian service area on the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite.

Slated to be launched in early 2016, EUTELSAT 65 West A will host a Ka-band payload with 24 spotbeams of which 16 will cover a significant portion of the Brazilian population and generate over 24 Gbps of throughput. High-throughput JUPITER™ technology from Hughes will be deployed for the ground system and customer premises terminals.

For Hughes, EUTELSAT 65 West A will be its springboard in Brazil for mass market broadband services to consumers and businesses unserved or underserved by terrestrial networks.

"We are excited about the opportunity to deliver a broadband service to consumers and
businesses in Brazil," stated Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. "It will be an excellent
complement to the enterprise services Hughes already delivers into the Brazilian market. We look forward to working with Eutelsat on this opportunity."

Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO, said, "We are delighted to pursue our
longstanding relationship with Hughes and to see evidence that the unique proposition of
EUTELSAT 65 west A is attracting anchor clients in Latin America well in advance of its launch. The high throughput capacity over Brazil provided by this satellite will be a powerful contributor to the country's ongoing transformation into an Information Society and vindicates our strategy to bring satellite infrastructure to clearly identified markets where it has a long-term role to play in the broadband mix."

About EchoStar

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite operations and video delivery solutions. EchoStar's wholly-owned subsidiary, Hughes, is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband services, delivering network technologies and managed services for enterprise and government customers in
more than 100 countries.

Headquartered in Englewood, CO, with additional business units worldwide, EchoStar is a multiple Emmy award winning company that has pioneered advancements in the set-top box and satellite industries for nearly 30 years, consistently delivering value for customers, partners and investors through innovation and outstanding quality.
EchoStar's contribution to video technology continues to have a major influence on the way consumers view, receive and manage TV programming. EchoStar's consumer solutions include HughesNet®, North America's #1 high-speed satellitie Internet service, Sling Media's Slingbox® products, and EchoStar's line of set-top box products for the free-to-air sateliite and terrestrial markets. For more information, visit www.echostar.com.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 4 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is
a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com.

Hughes, HughesNet and JUPITER are trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

About Eutelsat Communications

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 36 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data
and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat's satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user's location. Headquartered in Paris, with
offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service. For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com.

  

(Commercial Space Watch) Northrop Grumman Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) reported first quarter 2014 net earnings increased 18 percent to $579 million, or $2.63 per diluted share, compared to $489 million, or $2.03 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. First quarter 2014 earnings include a $51 million, $0.23 per share, tax benefit resulting from the partial resolution of the Internal Revenue Service examination of the company's 2007-2009 tax returns.

First quarter 2014 diluted earnings per share are based on 220.4 million weighted average shares outstanding compared with 241.0 million shares in the first quarter of 2013, a decrease of approximately 9 percent. The company repurchased 4.8 million shares of its common stock for $564 million in the first quarter of 2014. As of March 31, 2014, the company had repurchased 25.6 million shares toward its previously announced goal of retiring 60 million shares of its common stock by the end of 2015, market conditions permitting.

"First quarter results reflect another solid performance by our team and a good start to the year. Our sustained performance, coupled with share repurchases, drove higher earnings per share for the quarter. We continue to focus on performance, cash deployment and portfolio alignment as the primary value creation drivers for our shareholders, customers and employees," said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president.

- Full financials available at the Northrop Grumman web site.

  

(ScienceDaily) Liquid spacetime: What if spacetime were a kind of fluid?

What if spacetime were a kind of fluid? This is the question tackled by theoretical physicists working on quantum gravity by creating models attempting to reconcile gravity and quantum mechanics. Some of these models predict that spacetime at the Planck scale is no longer continuous – as held by classical physics – but discrete in nature. Just like the solids or fluids we come into contact with every day, which can be seen as made up of atoms and molecules when observed at sufficient resolution. A structure of this kind generally implies, at very high energies, violations of Einstein’s special relativity (a integral part of general relativity).   

(Space Fellowship) Liquid spacetime

A very slippery superfluid, that's what spacetime could be like. What if spacetime were a kind of fluid? This is the question tackled by theoretical physicists working on quantum gravity by creating models attempting to reconcile gravity and quantum mechanics. Some of these models predict that spacetime at the Planck scale (10-33cm) is no longer continuous – as held by classical physics – but discrete in nature. Just like the solids or fluids we come into contact with every day, which c [...]
  

(Discovery News) Saturn Moon's Weird Ridge Rained Down From Space

Saturn certainly has some oddball moons and astronomers think they're close to explaining how a weird feature formed on one of them.   

(ScienceDaily) Physicists consider implications of recent revelations about the universe's first light

Recent evidence that the universe expanded from microscopic to cosmic size in a mere instant brings with it important implications. During a live Google Hangout, leading astrophysicists from the University of Chicago and Stanford University discussed what this potential 'crack in the cosmic egg' means for our understanding of the universe.   

(Space Fellowship) Station Crew Set to Conduct Spacewalk and Release Cargo Ship

Expedition 39 is finalizing preparations for a 2.5 hour spacewalk scheduled to begin 9:20 a.m. EDT Wednesday. The station crew is also getting ready to send off a Russian space freighter for two days of tests before it redocks again Friday morning. Spacewalkers Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio will install a spare backup computer on the S0 truss located on top of the Destiny laboratory module Wednesday morning. They will remove the old computer which failed April 11 after being shut down th [...]
  

(Discovery News) Asteroids Whack Earth More Often Than Thought

An infrasound network detected 26 explosions between 2000 and 2013 caused by asteroids blasting apart in Earth's atmosphere.   

(ScienceDaily) A new 'APEX' in plant studies aboard the International Space Station

Growing knowledge in a given field takes time, attention, and ... water? It does when you're talking about plant studies aboard the International Space Station (ISS). All of these things and some scientific know-how come into play as astronauts find out just how green their thumbs are while assisting researchers on the ground.   

(ScienceDaily) For an immune cell, microgravity mimics aging

Telling someone to "act your age" is another way of asking him or her to behave better. Age, however, does not always bring improvements. Certain cells of the immune system tend to misbehave with age, leaving the elderly more vulnerable to illness. Because these cells are known to misbehave similarly during spaceflight, researchers are studying the effects of microgravity on immune cells to better understand how our immune systems change as we age.   

(Discovery News) DNews: Why NASA is Experimenting on Twins in Space

To understand the the long-term effects of space on the human body, NASA is conducting an experiment involving twins! Join Tara as she explains what they hope to learn by sending one twin to space, but not the other.   

(euronews) Glow in the dark roads

In early April the first "Glowing Lines" section of road was unveiled on a provincial highway near Oss, in the Netherlands. It was designed by artist…
  

(ScienceDaily) Collider reveals sharp change from 'quark soup' to atoms

Scientists using the atom smasher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have observed a phase transition different than the smooth transition of the early universe from the hot “soup” of subatomic particles to the atoms, made up of neutrons, protons and electrons that are the building blocks of matter.   

(Space Fellowship) NREL Unlocking Secrets of New Solar Material

A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have seen before—and it is generating optimism that a less expensive way of using sunlight to generate electricity may be in our planet's future. Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are analyzing the new material, perovskite, using the lab's unique testing ca [...]
  

(euronews) Turning smog into diamonds

Imagine a huge electronic vacuum cleaner that would simply suck in smog, cleaning up polluted city air. It's still a small scale model for now, but…




  

(Commercial Space Watch) Hughes HX System Chosen by Kazteleradio for National Digital Television Transmission Network

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the world's leading provider of broadband satellite solutions and services, today announced that it has signed a contract to supply Kazteleradio Corporation, Kazakhstan's national broadcasting operator, with a comprehensive HX broadband satellite solution to monitor and control the country's national digital terrestrial DVB-T2 Standard television network.

Comprising two redundant HX gateways located in Almaty and Astana and 13 mesh mini-gateways, the solution includes well over 800 HX260 mesh terminals located at television towers across Kazakhstan, delivering high-quality voice and data connectivity for monitoring and control of all transmissions, making it one of the largest networks of its kind.

"We evaluated proposals from several solution providers according to the strict requirements of our technical tender," said Abai Kadraliev, Chairman of the Board of Kazteleradio. "Hughes was the only one to meet 100 percent of the criteria. The Hughes HX solution provides us with satellite channels to gather information on operations of the digital broadcast network with 827 sites. This solution has the best possible space segment efficiency while also enabling a number of important value-added services among our regional offices, such as video conferencing."

"We're proud that Hughes technology was chosen to power this important initiative in Kazakhstan," said Dr. Arunas Slekys, vice president and general manager, Russia/CIS at Hughes. "It represents one of the largest mesh TDMA networks deployed anywhere, supporting a very high level of robust operation and reliability for Kazteleradio's newly implemented digital terrestrial television system."

Two HX gateways will be operated in a geographically redundant mode to ensure high availability, with HX260 mesh broadband terminals configured at every tower location for single satellite hop connectivity, ideal for voice and video conferencing. Kazteleradio technicians can monitor proper and continuous operation of all transmissions, and are able to troubleshoot virtually every component at the remote facility when issues arise.

About Kazteleradio

Kazteleradio Corporation is the national TV and radio broadcasting operator of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It provides distribution of state and commercial TV and radio programs via terrestrial and satellite broadcast networks, operation and development of the national broadcast system.

In January 2011, Kazteleradio put into operation a satellite TV broadcast network using the DVB-S2 MPEG 4 standard, which is used to deliver programs to terrestrial digital TV transmitters, and also made it possible to provide DTH services under trade mark OTAU TV to the country's population. As of today, the total number of OTAU TV subscribers exceeds 600 000 households, which equals 13 percent of the total number of households in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Forty-five national Teleradio channels are available free of charge, and an additional 60 TV channels for pay TV services. Channels uplink and distribution are provided by three technical centers.

In July 2012, Kazteleradio put into operation a digital terrestrial TV broadcast network using the DVB-T2 MPEG 4 standard, which provides free of charge distribution of 30 national TV channels. The service is available in 1300 settlements with 51 percent of the Kazakhstan population. By 2016, the level of terrestrial digital TV service penetration is planned to increase step-by-step up to 95 percent of the population. The main center of the network monitoring and control is located in Almaty at Kok Tebe TV tower; the standby center is in Astana.

Kazteleradio Corporation has 100 percent state participation and operates under the control of the Agency on Telecommunications and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The head office is located in Almaty. For additional information, please visit www.kazteleradio.kz and www.otautv.kz.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 4 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com.

©2014 Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an EchoStar company. Hughes and HughesNet are registered trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

  

(Commercial Space Watch) ORBCOMM and Savi to Provide Advanced Satellite Tracking and Security Solutions to Government Customers Through RFID-IV Contract Award

ORBCOMM Inc. (ORBC), a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions, announced that its partner, Savi Technology (Savi (SVNTQ)), has been awarded a five-year U.S. Department of Defense contract as the sole provider to the $204 million RFID-IV program, which currently has a $102 million ceiling.

The RFID-IV program offers a wide range of technology solutions, including newly-upgraded Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), satellite-based Enhanced In-Transit Visibility (EITV) and Advanced Intrusion Tracking Detection (ATID) products and services, to a wide range of government customers for global asset planning and tracking of personnel, equipment and sustainment cargo worldwide.

In support of the RFID-IV program, ORBCOMM and Savi will offer satellite and RFID tags as well as other sensor technologies using ORBCOMMs global communications networks, which will enhance the visibility and security of government cargo in transit. ORBCOMMs advanced tracking and monitoring solutions will provide government customers with the current location of their cargo and send real-time alerts for security breaches and other anomalies such as cargo entering or exiting a geozone outside of pre-determined parameters for immediate resolution. U.S. government customers, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, USTRANSCOM, Special Forces and Defense Logistics Agency, can now seamlessly track and secure their cargo anywhere in the world and access near-real-time operational data through existing government EITV systems or secure, dedicated web portals to meet specific mission needs.

We are proud to be part of the winning team that Savi has assembled to meet the RFID, sensor and satellite technology requirements of the RFID-IV contract, said Marc Eisenberg, Chief Executive Officer of ORBCOMM. We believe that the synergy of our powerful satellite M2M technology and cargo monitoring solutions combined with Savis analytics expertise provides the best of both worlds within the same logistics management framework and all from a single provider. Our joint offerings will significantly expand the depth and breadth of cargo intelligence and security on a global scale for our government customers.

We are excited to partner with ORBCOMM as the global leader in M2M and satellite tracking on our RFID-IV contract award, said Bill Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of Savi. As technology has advanced, the addition of satellite tags to the RFID-IV program was a logical move and enables ORBCOMM and Savi to expand the capability, range and efficiency of technologies available to the warfighter for their complete logistics needs worldwide.

ORBCOMM and Savi will continue to develop new technologies that leverage RFID and satellite tracking solutions through enhanced product integration and superior analytics to deliver actionable data to their government customers.

About ORBCOMM Inc.

ORBCOMM is a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions. Its customers include Caterpillar Inc., Doosan Infracore America, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Hyundai Heavy Industries, I.D. Systems, Inc., Komatsu Ltd., Cartrack (Pty.) Ltd., and Volvo Construction Equipment, among other industry leaders. By means of a global network of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites and accompanying ground infrastructure as well as our Tier One cellular partners, ORBCOMMs low-cost and reliable two-way data communication services track, monitor and control mobile and fixed assets in our core markets: commercial transportation; heavy equipment; industrial fixed assets; marine; and homeland security.

ORBCOMM is an innovator and leading provider of tracking, monitoring and control services for the transportation market. Under its ReeferTrak®, GenTrakTM, GlobalTrak®, and CargoWatch® brands, the company provides customers with the ability to proactively monitor, manage and remotely control their cold chain and dry transport assets. Additionally, ORBCOMM provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services for vessel tracking and to improve maritime safety to government and commercial customers worldwide. ORBCOMM is headquartered in Rochelle Park, New Jersey and has its network control center in Dulles, Virginia. For more information, visit www.orbcomm.com.

About Savi Technology

Savi Technology provides organizations with operational analytics and the ability to collect and convert operational information into useful knowledge from physical objects like supplies, equipment and cargo. The Savi Sensor Based Analytics Platform gives enterprises the ability to access, analyze and learn from new data in ways previously impossible, yielding streamlined operations, enhanced security and dramatically improved enterprise decision making. Savi is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, with operations in Lexington, Kentucky, and around the world. Savi was named a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for the economic improvements its technology has provided to several countries in Africa. Savi has more than 100 domestic and foreign issued patents covering a variety of technologies and is an active participant in several industry standards bodies including ISO 180007. For more information, visit www.savi.com.

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(Commercial Space Watch) Lockheed Martin Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) today reported first quarter 2014 net sales of $10.7 billion, compared to $11.1 billion in the first quarter of 2013. Net earnings in the first quarter of 2014 were $933 million, or $2.87 per diluted share, compared to $761 million, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. Cash from operations was $2.1 billion in the first quarter of both 2014 and 2013.

First quarter 2014 net earnings included FAS/CAS pension income of $86 million, which increased earnings by $53 million, or $0.16 per diluted share. First quarter 2013 net earnings included FAS/CAS pension expense of $121 million, which reduced earnings by $75 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, and a special charge of $30 million, net of state tax benefits, related to workforce reductions which reduced earnings by $19 million, or $0.06 per diluted share. The first quarter of 2013 items were partially offset by a reduction of income tax expense related to research and development tax credits, which increased first quarter 2013 net earnings by $46 million, or $0.14 per diluted share.

"The strong earnings and operating cash delivered in the first quarter are a result of our continued focus on program performance, affordability and meeting commitments to our customers," said Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson. "Our diverse portfolio of products and services, investment in future innovations and dedicated workforce give me confidence that we'll continue to deliver outstanding results for our customers and return value for our shareholders."

Read the full financial results on Lockheed Martin's website.

  

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