TAG: GPS III

CNN explores space warfare, US military’s use of GPS

January 26, 2017By

A spaceborne laser zaps a GPS satellite, disabling it. A “kamikaze” satellite hits and destroys other nations’ critical satellites. Another satellite moves beside an Intelsat bird — and listens in. A new CNN special considers all of these possibilities in an exploration of an arms race in space, showcasing the devastation that would be caused by space warfare and how the... read more

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Galileo declares: Open for business!

January 11, 2017By
Galileo Goes Live! ceremony in Brussels: European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, responsible for the Energy Union, and Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, count down to hit the “Go” button.

At a Dec. 15 ceremony in Brussels titled “Galileo Goes Live,” two high officials of the European Commission issued the Galileo Initial Services Declaration. Plus: Ground control upgrade for GPS III approved; GPS funded at $847 million for FY 2017. read more

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GNSS CEOs see bright future, alternative PNT promises well

December 28, 2016By
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It has been a good year for all global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), as the chief executives of each system testify here. Alternative positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) also thrives. In this roundup of the latest highlights from the past year and forecasts for the future, 2017 augurs very well indeed! Let’s look at the newest alternative-PNT offerings first, followed... read more

US Air Force approves Lockheed’s ground control upgrade for GPS III

December 15, 2016By
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The U.S. Air Force approved Lockheed Martin’s design to upgrade the current GPS satellite ground control system with new capabilities that will enable it to operate more powerful and accurate GPS III satellites. The successful Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Contingency Operations (COps) contract, completed on Nov. 17, gives Lockheed Martin a green light to proceed with software development... read more

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The System: First OCX receiver delivered to Air Force

November 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.

Harris Corporation delivered the first of 34 modernized receivers to support the GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System (OCX). They will receive the signals sent by the current GPS satellite constellation plus the new signals sent by the next generation GPS III — 13 military and civilian signals in all. The receiver was shipped to the prime contractor, Raytheon Company, in... read more

Raytheon, US Air Force complete GPS OCX test milestone

October 13, 2016By
Testing demonstrates end-to-end functional checkout, integration of Block 1 capabilities.(Image: Raytheon)

Raytheon has reached another milestone in its development of the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. This new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. OCX’s development is delivered in “blocks,” with Block 0 comprising... read more

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

Harris delivers first OCX receiver

September 28, 2016By
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Harris Corporation delivered the first of 34 modernized receivers to support the GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System (OCX). They will receive the signals sent by the current GPS satellite constellation plus the new signals sent by the next generation GPS III – 13 military and civilian signals in all. The receiver was shipped to the prime contractor, Raytheon Company, in... read more

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