Lockheed Martin opens new advanced-materials center

New laboratory advances nanotechnology, high-tech products for space and earth environments

Officials at space-technology company Lockheed Martin unveiled a new research facility at Stanford Research Park on Tuesday, March 25, reinforcing its staying power in Palo Alto after more than 50 years.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

This is why companies choose to came here, Lockheed is a great company, glad to hear they are staying put in Palo Alto.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Quick engineering note to editor about half way down, "machined to 22 millimeters thick" should be 22 mils thick, where mils are milli-inches or thousandths of an inch.

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm

You have to be careful when writing on technical items, Palo Alto Weekly -- there are a LOT of people in this area who know the subject backwards and forwards...

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Thought I'd try to correct it before somebody got facetious. The most technical people in the world have erred on units, often with unhappy results. This is a great article highlighting the new building's design, purpose, and sustainability.

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Posted by Happy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

I'm thrilled to see that there is some basic research still going on in Palo Alto. With H-P essentially exiting high tech since spinning off the Agilent business, which was the original core of H-P, then Agilent shutting down most of its basic research and moving what little was left to Santa Clara, it's good to see that Lockheed is still working on innovative, disruptive technologies.

I used to be proud of the amazing innovations coming out of the basic science discoveries being made by Palo Alto-based engineering firms. Now they are all focused on next quarter's earnings and are innovating through acquisition or by funding university research. I hope Lockheed leads the way back to long-term research work.

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Posted by Henry Johnstone
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Lockheed-Martin is a military contractor rather than a generic "space technology" company.

As they indicate in their own annual report, more than 60% of their annual sales comes from Department of Defense contracts.

(Full disclosure: I'm an LMT shareholder.)

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Posted by Jocelyn Dong
editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Mar 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Jocelyn Dong is a registered user.

Many thanks for the correction, musical.

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