TAG: GPS III

GPS III Payload Arrives, Platform Acceptance Tests Next

September 22, 2014By

Enter GPS III. The long-awaited navigation payload for the next-generation satellite pulled into its new temporary home over the September 13 weekend, the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Littleton, Colorado. Lockheed is the U.S. Air Force’s  prime contractor for the first batch of eight GPS III satellites. Exelis Geospatial Systems has committed to delivering the payloads for the second,... read more

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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

The System: GPS III, Always a New Horizon

July 30, 2014By

First, Lockheed Martin began investigating options for its GPS III payload supply line last year.  Then in June of this year, the U.S. Air Force opened a “sources sought”  initiative for a production-ready GPS space vehicle, equipped with an alternate payload, for consideration alongside the Lockheed Martin-built GPS III vehicle. Grumman and Boeing have responded to the U.S. Air Force... read more

General Dynamics Awarded $25M by Lockheed for GPS III Program

July 29, 2014By

At least some of the work on GPS III continues along prepared tracks, with the award of a Lockheed Martin contract to General Dynamics for two more satellites’ worth of communications hardware. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was awarded a $25.4 million full-production contract from Lockheed Martin to support the GPS III Network Communications Element (NCE)... read more

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Boeing, Northrop Grumman Enter GPS III Bid

July 8, 2014By

Northrop Grumman and Boeing have responded to a U.S. Air Force call for contractors interested in building a follow-on set of GPS III satellites, according to a report in Space News. Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver the first eight GPS III satellites, but the award for up to 22 further IIIs remains open. Difficulties with the payload for... read more

Out in Front: Epic Fail

July 1, 2014By

Sometimes the patient has to get sick in order to get better. The eruption of a malady leads to identification of an underlying condition; appropriate treatment can then be devised to cure the body of its ills. Sound like House, M.D.? As a variant on this plot line, the patient can know full well what is wrong deep down inside,... read more

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Lockheed Misses GPS III Deadline After Production Delays

June 13, 2014By

The U.S. Air Force is shopping for alternative companies to head  the GPS III program after its current contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, hit production delays, according to the Denver Post. There have been technical problems with the first GPS III satellite navigation system, which is supplied by Lockheed Martin subcontractor Exelis, the newspaper reports. After the current eight-satellite contract... read more

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The Adventure of the Atomic Clock

April 9, 2014By
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In consulting my notebooks for the spring of 2014, I find many remarkable cases that engaged the attention of my intimate friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes. The intrigue into which we were drawn by the visiting American, Geo. P. Hess, probed the unforeseen effects of a launchpad fire, the mysterious slide to the right of two system segments, and the enigma of the vanishing leaders. read more

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