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Lockheed Martin Secures Air Force Contract to Adapt Wind Measurement System for Aircrews

June 17, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to adapt its WindTracer wind measurement system to help C-130 and C-17 aircrews make safer, faster and more accurate airdrops of essential supplies to U.S. ground forces at remote locations.

According to a release from the company, under the contract, Lockheed Martin will design and build a prototype Precision Air Drop (PAD) unit for testing. As part of the demonstration, the prototype unit will be airdropped to the test site and used to measure winds.

"Currently air drop missions require several flyovers to accurately determine wind readings, but our WindTracer technology would eliminate the need for so many passes," said Dr. Kenneth Washington, vice president of STAR Labs, Lockheed Martin's space technology research and development group. "WindTracer is an adaptable commercial system. By developing this prototype, we're putting this technology on a path for fielding."

Lockheed Martin said it will make WindTracer smaller to fit on a pallet and ruggedize it to survive shock and vibration.

Engineers will also modify the existing technology to measure wind velocity from the ground to the airdrop altitude and add the ability to send real-time telemetry.

WindTracer operates by transmitting pulses of eye-safe infrared laser light that reflect off naturally occurring aerosol particles in the atmosphere.

Wind moves these particles, which alters the frequency of the light that is scattered back to the system.

WindTracer processes the return signal to determine wind conditions.

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company.

More information and complete details:

www.lockheedmartin.com

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