Aerospace and Defense

October 13, 2017

Air Force Declares First Lockheed Martin GPS III Satellite “Available for Launch”

GPS III SV01 now awaits a call up to begin pre-launch preparations. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System technology, the U.S. Air Force this week declared the first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite “Available for Launch.”

The Air Force’s “AFL” declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin’s first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide for commercial and civilian users.

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By Inside GNSS
September 27, 2017

AFSPC Commander Holding Steady Through Sea of Changes

General John (Jay) Raymond

The ground was already shifting when Gen. John (Jay) Raymond took charge of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) in October 2016. Just six months before, his predecessor Gen. John Hyten had announced the Space Enterprise Vision, a new way of approaching space asset development, management and protection now that space had become both contested and far more crowded. There were issues across the space, ground and user segments of the GPS program; sequestration was still looming and Congress was looking closely at how to reorganize the way the Air Force managed its space programs.

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By Inside GNSS
September 20, 2017

Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract

Denver, Colorado-based Lockheed Martin announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded the company a $45.5 million contract to provide Military Code (M-Code) Early Use (MCEU) capability to the Global Positioning System (GPS). Part of the Air Force’s overall modernization plan for the GPS, M-Code is an advanced, new signal designed to improve anti-jamming and protection from spoofing, as well as to increase secure access, to military GPS signals for U.S. and allied armed forces.

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By Inside GNSS
August 16, 2017

Air Force Weighs Shorter Lived GPS Satellites

The U. S. Air Force is weighing shortening the design life of the GPS satellites it buys after it finishes filling out the constellation with the final tranche of GPS III spacecraft.

Space Command reached out to the industry late last month asking for feedback on the ramifications of scaling back on the elements that make the GPS space vehicles (SVs) the “Energizer Bunnies” of space — the satellites that just go and go and go.

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By Dee Ann Divis
August 9, 2017

Harris Corp. Delivers Navigation Payload for Third Lockheed Martin GPS III Satellite

The MDU performs the primary mission of the GPS satellite, which is generation of the navigation signals and data that provide precise time information to users on a continuous basis. Photo: Harris Corp.

Harris Corporation has delivered the third of 10 advanced navigation payloads to Lockheed Martin, which will increase accuracy, signal power and jamming resistance for U.S. Air Force GPS III satellites.

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By Inside GNSS
August 2, 2017

Lockheed Martin Invests $350 Million in “Factory of the Future” for Satellite Production

Lockheed Martin’s planned satellite integration facility, the Gateway Center, is slated for completion in 2020. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Preliminary construction is underway on a new, $350 million Lockheed Martin facility that will produce next-generation satellites. The new facility, located on the company’s Waterton Canyon campus near Denver, Colorado is the latest step in an ongoing transformation, infused with innovation to provide future missions at reduced cost and cycle time.

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By Inside GNSS