Lockheed Martin launches Pony Express 1 – 1st smart satellite enabling space mesh networking

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has announced the launch the Pony Express 1 mission as a hosted payload on Tyvak-0129, a next-generation Tyvak 6U spacecraft, the company said.

Pony Express 1, an example of rapid prototyping, was developed, built and integrated in nine months, and was funded completely by Lockheed Martin Research and Development funding. This orbital proving ground is validating payload hardware and software and is packed with new technology that fits into a satellite the size of a shoebox.

Pony Express 1 is a dual-use payload that enables mesh networks in space through HiveStar and a second function that tests space to ground remote sensing. Future research missions this year, like Pony Express 2, will further advance cloud networking concepts among satellites, as well as validating Lockheed Martin´s SmartSat software-defined satellite architecture which enables streamlined hosting of flexible mission apps.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Irvine, California, Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc. delivers optimized, end-to-end nano- and microsatellite solutions. Trusted by civil, defense and commercial organizations, the company leverages expertise, low-cost operating infrastructure, and the limitless opportunities of satellite miniaturization to achieve timely and economical mission success.