Lockheed Martin is developing a satellite that can be reprogrammed right in orbit.

The devices will work similarly to a smartphone, which is essentially a full-fledged portable

a computer that can be reprogrammed to solve new problems by installing an application. For example, a smartphone can be used as a means of communication, for calculations, navigation and other tasks.

A new type of satellite will be called SmartSat. A software architecture will be built into the device, which can be changed at any time by simply downloading a new application.

During testing, Lockheed Martin will launch into orbit two Kubsat satellites onto which SmartSat software will be installed. Testing will begin before the end of 2019.

It was previously reported that Lockheed Martin is planningcreate a satellite network that will provide a stable Internet in disaster areas. The project will allow victims to quickly contact emergency services or relatives.