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January 16, 2018

Industry Awaits GPS III RFP As Delays Mount

Another month is slipping away with no sign of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the multi-billion dollar GPS III contract.

Procurement of the next tranche of GPS III satellites is one of the largest contacts on the horizon. The GPS Directorate has said it wants to award the entire deal for up to 22 spacecraft to one company as a way to save money on redesigns. Estimates put the value of the contract at around $10 billion.

January 12, 2018

Former Airline Pilot Elwell Named Acting Administrator of FAA

The five-year term of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administrator Michael Huerta came to an end last week, and Dan Elwell, Huerta's deputy administrator since June of 2017, is now serving as acting head of the agency.

January 11, 2018

Third-Generation BeiDou Satellite Signals Being Tracked by ComNav Technology

Shanghai, China-based ComNav Technology Ltd. announced this week that it has successfully been tracking and analyzing the BD-3 satellite signals to bring better high-precision positioning services in the near future.

December 21, 2017

Once again, GPS to Help NORAD Track Santa Claus’ Journey

This is a very exciting and anxious time of year for boys and girls as they await the arrival of Santa Claus and his bag of toys. Fortunately, for those who need to know exactly when to expect this wonderful arrival, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa each year during the holiday season, using satellite systems and high-powered radars to deliver the Santa Tracker.

December 18, 2017

GPS III RFP Delayed Again as GAO Underscores GPS Schedule Challenges

An additional delay in release of the GPS III RFP emerged just as federal watchdogs released a new report detailing the challenges Air Fore managers will face in keeping all the components of the modernization program on track.

The long-expected report from the Government Accountability Office looks at the overall effort to update GPS including developing a new ground system, more capable receiver cards for military equipment and new satellites to sustain and improve the constellation.

December 18, 2017

Bill Would Mandate Building of GPS Timing Backup

Senate lawmakers have introduced a bi-partisan bill giving the Department of Transportation (DoT) responsibility for launching a GPS timing backup and a two-year deadline to get it up and running.

Sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, the National Timing Resilience and Security Act of 2017 (S 2220) would put a stop to interagency maneuvering over which organization is stuck with developing, managing and, most importantly, paying for the new system.

December 15, 2017

Harris Corp. Delivers Fourth GPS III Satellite Navigation Payload; Establishing a Proven, Reliable Production Cadence

Completing the fourth delivery of 10 navigation payloads for Lockheed Martin’s GPS III satellites, Harris Corporation delivered the advanced navigation payload for the fourth GPS III Space Vehicle (SV04) to Lockheed Martin on October 29 – establishing a proven and reliable production cadence. Harris delivered two payloads in 2017 and is committed to delivering four more in 2018.

December 14, 2017

Air Force’s First GPS III Satellite Receives Commands from OCX Ground Control Segment

The first advanced GPS III satellite successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), further validating the U.S. Air Force’s modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) is ready to launch its first satellite.

On November 2, 2017, GPS III Space Vehicle 01 (GPS III SV01), the first of 10 GPS III satellites designed by Lockheed Martin, and OCX, being developed by Raytheon Corporation, successfully completed Factory Mission Readiness Testing (FMRT).

December 12, 2017

Successful Liftoff: Ariane 5 Rocket Payload Carries 4 Galileo Satellites

Viewers watching Arianespace’s live video webcast Tuesday witnessed a successful launch that began at approximately 1820 GMT (1:20 p.m. EST).

Prior to liftoff, four European navigation satellites were fastened on top of an Ariane 5 rocket awaiting liftoff from Kourou, French Guiana, Tuesday to propel the Galileo navigation network closer to global service. The Ariane 5’s upper stage was slated to deliver the spacecraft to a circular orbit more than 14,000 miles above Earth around four hours after launch.

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