GPS Modernization

Expert Advice: Laser Reflectors to Ride on Board GPS III

September 1, 2013By
Figure 2. Structure and products of the Global Geodetic Observing System related to GPS performance.

By James J. Miller and John LaBrecque, NASA Headquarters, and A.J. Oria, Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc. Satellite laser ranging (SLR) and the results of combining SLR with GPS in the future will translate into significant performance advancements for generations to come, once it is fully implemented as part of the GPS III architecture. Simply put, SLR techniques will improve GPS... read more

Expert Advice: Looking Back to the Early Days of GPS

September 1, 2013By

By Len Jacobson Besides my family and friends, two major influences have guided my life. One is GPS, and the other is flying, although I’m not a pilot. Most of the flying was on business trips for GPS. I’ve been writing a book about my experiences and how I helped in a small way to bring GPS to the world.... read more

Extra Life for IIRs, IIR-Ms

August 29, 2013By

U.S. Air Force engineers are testing on-orbit a technique to extend the life of the 19 GPS IIR and IIR-M satellites on orbit, roughly 60 percent of the current constellation. A new charging method may reduce the rate of satellite battery degradation, thereby extending satellite operational life. If the technique passes the test, the initiative could add a combined 20... read more

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The System: IRNSS Success, GLONASS Bellyflop

August 1, 2013By

IRNSS Success The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) successfully launched its first satellite on July 1 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota spaceport on the Bay of Bengal. An Indian-built Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C22, XL version, carried the 1,425-kg satellite aloft. IRNSS-1A is the first of seven satellites that will make up the new constellation: four satellites... read more

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Public Interface Control Working Group Meeting Set for September

July 29, 2013By

The Air Force has issued a Federal Register Notice regarding an upcoming Public Interface Control Working Group (ICWG) meeting, set for September 24-25. Here is the notice: Public ICWG Announcement—2013 This notice informs the public that the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate will be hosting a Public Interface Control Working Group (ICWG) meeting for the NAVSTAR GPS public signals in... read more

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Lockheed Martin Prototype to Help Prep for GPS III Launch

July 23, 2013By

Lockheed Martin has delivered a full-sized, functional prototype of the next-generation GPS satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to test facilities and pre-launch processes in advance of the arrival of the first GPS III flight satellite. The GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) arrived at the Cape on July 19 to begin to dry run launch-base space-vehicle processing activities... read more

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Lockheed Martin Delivers Antenna Assemblies for First GPS III Satellite

July 15, 2013By
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Lockheed Martin has completed and is preparing to install the navigation, communication, and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite of the next-generation GPS III. Seven antenna assemblies, produced at Lockheed Martin’s Newtown, Pennsylania, facility were delivered to the company’s GPS III Processing Facility (GPF) near Denver, Colorado, on June 14.  The antennas will be installed on the first... read more

Lockheed Martin GPS III Prototype Validates Test Facilities

July 10, 2013By
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Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) has successfully completed a series of high-fidelity pathfinding events which validate the process and facility for vehicle integration checkout, as well as signals interference testing, that the next-generation satellites of GPS III will go through before delivery for launch. An innovative investment by U.S. Air Force under the original GPS III development... read more