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The Sky Isn’t the Limit for MOSA: New Ways of Doing Business in Space

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is changing the way it does business. Recognizing the need for speed and agility to rapidly onboard ever-evolving commercial technologies to benefit the warfighter, it has promoted a modular open systems approach (MOSA) and, in significant respects, reframed its business model.


The DoD’s new focus on industry collaboration and outreach has spawned an entire ecosystem of innovation units focused on transitioning commercial technology at scale (e.g., Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), AFWERX, SOFWERX, NavalX, Army xTechSearch). Defense industry players have started to pivot as well. One of these is Lockheed Martin, which has reorganized its team internally, opened up innovation cells, and embraced MOSA in several of its space projects. At the 38th Space Symposium (held in mid-April 2023), the Lockheed Martin team told attendees how it views space as anything other than business as usual. Learn more about it here:

Topics: Space, Lockheed Martin, innovation, Crescent Space. MOSA, Space Symposium, Catalyst Campus for Tech­nology & Innovation, R&D, TacSat, Satellites, LM400

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