TAG: GPS Directorate

First GPS III Satellite Ready for Harsh Environment Testing

May 4, 2015By
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Using a 10-ton crane, Lockheed Martin engineers and technicians gently lowered the system module of the U.S. Air Force’s first next generation GPS III satellite into place over its propulsion core, successfully integrating the two into one space vehicle. The April systems integration event brought together several major fully functional satellite components. The system module includes the navigation payload, which... read more

What Is a Brigadier? And as a GPS User, Why Do I Care?

January 22, 2015By
Col. William Cooley, Director, U.S.A.F. Global Positioning Systems Directorate.

This is the story we ran in GPS World magazine just moments after the announcement was made that Colonel William Cooley, Ph.D., director of the GPS Directorate, was nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Senate for appointment to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force (USAF). Colonel William Cooley, director of the Global Positioning Systems Directorate, has... read more

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ION GNSS+ 2014: Spirent Communications

October 2, 2014By

John Pottle from Spirent Communications details the company’s GSS9000 RF constellation simulator at the 2014 ION GNSS+ Conference September 9-12 in Tampa, Florida. Spirent Federal’s GSS9000 RF constellation simulator has been reviewed and granted security approval by the Global Positioning Systems Directorate. read more

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Spirent Simulator Granted Security Approval by GPS Directorate

September 15, 2014By
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Spirent Federal Systems, a U.S. provider of positioning, navigation and timing test solutions to the government and its contractors, announces that its GSS9000 RF constellation simulator has been reviewed and granted security approval by the GPS Directorate. Higher dynamic simulations with more accuracy and fidelity are enabled by 1000-Hz (1 ms) System Iteration Rate — a four-fold increase over Spirent’s current GSS8000 product — zero inter-channel bias... read more

Latest Words from the Acquisition Guru of the World’s Gold Standard for PNT

September 1, 2014By
Col. William Cooley, Director, U.S.A.F. Global Positioning Systems Directorate.

Colonel William “Wild Bill” Cooley, director of the GPS Directorate at Space and Missile Systems Center, discusses CNAV signals, GPS IIF launches, and the OCX with Defense Editor Don Jewell. There is probably no busier United States Air Force officer than Colonel William “Wild Bill” Cooley, Ph.D., the director of the GPS Directorate at Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC),... read more

GPS III Sources Sought?

August 13, 2014By
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So, there I was, sipping a cold green tea in the shade on my back deck in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains in early June, when the phone began to ring off the hook. Upon answering, I was hit with a barrage of questions. Have you seen the GPS III Sources Sought? What should we do? Do you... read more

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Directions 2014: Keeping Our Commitment to Civil Users

December 1, 2013By
Colonel William T. “Bill” Cooley.

The cliché “time flies when you’re having fun” accurately describes how quickly the past six months have passed for me. In a program as challenging, rewarding, and mission-critical as GPS, it is full-speed ahead all the time. As the GPS director, I am acutely aware of the importance of time — particularly high-accuracy time. Since declaring initial operational capability in December 1993, the extremely precise time service delivered by GPS has enabled numerous technological advances around the globe. read more

Col. Bernard Gruber, GPS Directorate: Farewell Perspective on GPS Program

June 12, 2013By

I first met just-pinned-on, shiny and bright, Captain Bernard Gruber-USAF in 1992. Bernie had just arrived at the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California where he would hold several important positions. For those readers not aware of the mission and importance of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), today SMC, which began... read more