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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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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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September 19, 2017

DoD, Academia Test Systems for GPS Denial

Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as references, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS — or another GNSS — for its navigation needs.

But what happens when GPS isn’t available?

A collection of Department of Defense (DoD) units and U.S. universities recently found out when they gathered at Edwards Air Force Base to evaluate various aerial platforms in a degraded GPS environment.

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September 12, 2017

Quasi-Zenith Satellite System Development Leading Japan Toward Less Reliance on GPS

Yoshiyuki Murai, Director of QZSS Promotion Office (Supporting to the Cabinet office of Japan), NEC Corporation.

Early this summer, news out of Japan announced a significant step toward providing a boost to the accuracy and reception of the existing GPS in Japan and to delivering a better positioning reading for the people in that country. More recent reports now indicate additional information on Japan’s goals to rely less on the United States’ GPS and more on the country’s own Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS).

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August 18, 2017

MIT, Draper Research Team Equips UAV with Vision for GNSS-Denied Navigation

In an effort to offset problems caused by loss of GNSS signals — a potentially dangerous situation for first responders among others — a team from Draper Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed advanced vision-aided navigation techniques for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that do not rely on external infrastructure, such as GNSS, detailed maps of the environment or motion capture systems.

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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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