Lockheed Martin Australia is sponsoring the Melbourne Space Program to help nurture the next generation of space leaders.
The program is open to university students who have the aptitude for innovation and problem-solving. Each year, the program selects participants from various disciplines, including engineering and business, to build skills and real-world experience.
Lockheed Martin Australia will sponsor the not-for-profit program for 12 months. According to David Ball, Lockheed Martin’s space regional director for Australia and New Zealand, the initiative is in line with the company’s values of innovation and excellence.
“As a steward of Australia’s space industry and the preferred tenderer for JP9102, this is one of many investments we have made in science, technology, engineering and maths as we focus on building a skilled workforce capable of meeting Australia’s future economic and national security needs,” he said. JP9102 is a multibillion project to build Australia’s first sovereign satellite communications system in the Indo-Pacific.
Maxwell Jones, CEO of the Melbourne Space Program, said the sponsorship would ensure that more students can make valuable contributions to the space economy.
In return, Lockheed Martin Australia can connect with with future industry leaders.