Satnews Daily
December 18th, 2017

NEC and Lockheed Martin to Join Space and AI Technologies for Missions

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) have disclosed that Lockheed Martin will use NEC's System Invariant Analysis Technology (SIAT) in the space domain.

SIAT's advanced analytics engine uses data collected from sensors to learn the behavior of systems, including computer systems, power plants, factories and buildings, enabling the system itself to automatically detect inconsistencies and prescribe resolutions.

Left: Carl Marchetto, VP of New Ventures at Lockheed Martin Space.
Right: Tomoyasu Nishimura, SVP, NEC Corporation.

NEC's advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities and Lockheed Martin's space domain expertise offer new opportunities in developing enhanced integrated satellite and spacecraft operations with uniquely developed prescriptive analytics. These include rapid assessments of changes in performance and the space environment, such as the potential influence of space weather on electronics. With this information, operators can improve product performance and lifecycle efficiency.

According to Carl Marchetto, VP of New Ventures at Lockheed Martin Space, Lockheed Martin and NEC are experts in space and systems and that's the correct blend to explore how AI can improve space products for astronauts and people on the ground. AI can revolutionize how information from space is used, both in orbit and on deep space missions, including crewed missions to Mars and beyond.

Tomoyasu Nishimura, SVP, NEC Corporation, noted that the innovative SIAT developed by NEC can make valuable contributions to solving the challenges faced by Lockheed Martin in the space field. Going forward, NEC aims to continue strengthening this solution and to globally support safety, security and operational efficiency in a wide variety of fields.