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Lockheed Martin has launched a collaboration with a North East university kickstarted by a £630,000 investment to support the development of skills, research and technology across the region.

The global aerospace and security company has teamed up with Northumbria University, which is a leading authority in space and solar physics research, having invested heavily in facilities and experts within the field. The firm has plans to expand its manufacturing space operations in the UK and is exploring options to establish a new research, development and manufacturing facility which would support up to 2,300 jobs in the region.

The company’s £630,000 investment forms part of a wider £7m investment into engineering facilities for research and teaching at Northumbria, which is funded by the Office for Students, the UK Space Agency and the Newcastle based university. The investment aims to make the university and wider region a leader in the global space economy, supporting new research, developing innovative technologies and generating skills in the growing sector.

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