TAG: GPS III

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

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

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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GPS III Update: First Satellite Ready for Testing

April 14, 2015By

Report from the 31st Space Symposium COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — I had the pleasure of having an early breakfast on this beautiful Colorado morning with Mark Stewart, VP and program manager at Lockheed Martin in Denver for the GPS III program. Mark was very upbeat, a normal state for him actually, and stated that GPS III SV1 was fully integrated — payload, bus... read more

What to Do, Who to See at the 31st Space Symposium

April 8, 2015By
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Every year before I attend the Space Symposium, I make a list of topics to explore and people to talk to, both as a journalist and in my senior space analyst profession. I thought I would share my topics and names with you, because you may have some of the same interests — including GPS III, OCX and up-and-coming executives and officers. read more

The System: Leap-Second Confusion

March 1, 2015By

The United States Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) has issued a notice about a problem some receivers are having implementing the correct time. The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center has received reports of synchronization issues since the implementation of a leap second on Jan. 21. Users experiencing this problem should contact the receiver manufacturer for a firmware or software... read more

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Obstacles in the Orbit Path of GPS III

February 25, 2015By

A Lockheed Martin vice president has stated that the first GPS III satellite will likely launch in 2017, not 2016 as had been projected in the most recent update. The company is readying the first satellite for launch availability by the end of 2015, for launch as early as the end of this year, but Space News reports that Mark... read more

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