- September 18, 2021
The Lockheed Martin Family Quietly Steps Up To Help
Keith’s note: I got this note from a Lockheed Martin employee last night:
“Keith: I have been an avid reader of NASAWatch since the 1990’s (RIFwatch times) and I saw the post on Lockheed Martin’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was a large Lockheed Martin team working last week and this past weekend with local hospitals in Denver to help make items to replace PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that are critically needed. Some are as simple as repurposing the standard surgical masks into 3D printed cartridge filters that can attach to respirator masks, making 3D printed respirator masks, and even rapid prototyping PAPRs (Powered, Air-Purifying Respirator) that the hospital cannot get.
I have worked here for three decades and this is still the coolest thing I have seen Lockheed Martin do. I am even more surprised and proud that the company is doing this without PR. Corporate is really behind this and it is all overhead or volunteer hours (one of my designers has been in over 30 hours this weekend to support).
From what I have seen locally they really are working hard to do just about all they can do on short turn around. This is not just local though. All portions of the company from Space, to Aero, to Information Systems have been engaged to do this same support – with the specific focus driven by local needs of hospitals – not corporate. I am actually proud of what corporate is doing. Great efforts are being done with no press and that is wonderful and worth lauding.”
I am told from another source that Lockheed Martin has collected maks and safety glasses from their shops in their Denver facilities, Michoud Assembly Facility, and Kennedy Space Center.
– Lockheed Martin Details How It Plans To Respond to COVID-19, earlier post