TAG: Air Force

GPS III 9 and 10 procured, targeting 2022 launch

October 3, 2016By
The first eight GPS III satellites are under contract and in production at Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility outside of Denver.

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a contract option to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to procure two additional GPS III satellites, space vehicles nine and 10 of the next generation. The contract option procures long lead and production hardware. “The GPS III SV 9 and 10 satellites are expected to be ready for launch in 2022,... read more

Air Force upgrades to better field reference system for testing GPS denial

Non-GPS positioning system, White Sands North Range. X = transmitter site.

Can’t Deny the Truth: Defeating the Jamming Threat Initial Operational Capability for the Ultra High-Accuracy Reference System has been declared by the U.S. Air Force. Even when GPS is being completely jammed, UHARS provides extremely accurate positioning, navigation and time — more accurate than GPS — over the large area of White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Amid a... read more

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Marconi Prize for 2016 goes to Brad Parkinson

May 31, 2016By
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The Marconi Society has awarded its 2016 Marconi Prize to Bradford Parkinson. The $100,000 prize, given annually, recognizes major advances in the field of information and communication science which benefit humanity. Parkinson’s contributions to the development of GPS helped create the vast global utility that provides positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) information to the world and is a vital part... read more

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Last of 12 GPS IIF Satellites Arrives at Cape Canaveral

October 13, 2015By
A quality assurance team from the 45th Launch Group off-loads a GPS IIF-12 satellite from a C-17 Globemaster III on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 8. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid Strip” to watch the off-loading of the satellite they will prepare to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Rainier)

The last Air Force GPS IIF in a block of 12 satellites was delivered to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, from Boeing’s manufacturing facility in El Segundo, Calif., Oct. 8 via a C-17 Globemaster III. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid Strip” to watch the... read more

SpaceX Falcon 9 Certified for GPS Launches

May 28, 2015By
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The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch military satellites, clearing the way for SpaceX to bid on launches of GPS III satellites. The Air Force announced the decision May 26, which completed a nearly two-year process and establishes a competitor to United Launch Alliance. SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., is now eligible for award of qualified national security... read more

Air Force to Award Additional GPS III Satellite Contracts

April 15, 2015By

The U.S. Air Force plans to award multiple contracts for companies to demonstrate their ability to build GPS III satellites, according to a report by Mike Gruss of Space News. The Air Force expects to award the contracts — worth up to $6 million — during this calendar year. Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver is the current GPS III satellite contractor, building the first eight GPS III satellites. The... read more

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USAF FY16 Budget Plus $10B More, Please!

February 11, 2015By

The long-anticipated 2016 President’s Budget (PB) was submitted to Congress in early February. The PB is the spark that ignites the lengthy and often contentious congressional budget process, including: adopting a budget resolution framework, developing numerous discretionary spending bills, reconciling legislation between the House and Senate, approving continuing resolution stop-gap measures and finally, hopefully, appropriating funds for various programs — including the... read more

Raytheon GPS Ground Program Passes Review

February 9, 2015By

The ground control system (OCX) that Raytheon is developing for the next-generation GPS program has passed a Pentagon review, reports Reuters. The program will be monitored to ensure it stays on track, a senior Air Force official said on Feb. 6 as reported by the news service. Major General Roger Teague, director of space programs for the Air Force acquisition chief, said a review... read more