Lockheed Martin receives $2 billion R&D grant from National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has given Lockheed Martin a multi-year $2 billion grant for the development and maintenance of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). The NSF is the single point manager of the program that facilitates university, institutional and governmental research in the region. The contract contains agreements for developing infrastructure to support workstations that will manage medical facilities, research vessels, and construction projects in the remote wilderness of Antarctica. The research will focus on the ecosystem's reactions to climate change as well as its dependence on the polar environment. Lockheed Martin is also responsible for the modernization of transportation methods for scientist and supplies to and from the Arctic region.