Next For Lockheed, The National Airspace System?
If Lockheed Martin proves successful with the AFSS transition, will the airspace system be next? The company recently teamed up with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to create the "Airport of the Future," a technology test bed at Daytona Beach International Airport. This "teaching airport" will demonstrate how to provide more comprehensive data to air traffic controllers, airport operators, security officials and airline dispatchers. "We believe that a strong transportation infrastructure is critical to our nation's economic well-being and our citizens' way of life," Judy Marks, president of Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Solutions, said last week at a briefing of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. "What works today may not be effective tomorrow," said Marks. "For example, when you add micro-jets to the mix by 2025, you need to fundamentally change the National Airspace System and our airports. When it comes to transportation innovation, we must look with a long eye toward the future."