TAG: GPS III

Second GPS III satellite assembled, ready for testing

June 26, 2017By

In a specialized cleanroom designed to streamline satellite production, Lockheed Martin is in full production building GPS III — the world’s most powerful GPS satellite, according to the company. The company’s second GPS III satellite is now assembled and preparing for environmental testing, and the third satellite is close behind, having just received its navigation payload. In May, the U.S. Air... read more

New players trigger new space race, GPS III update

April 26, 2017By

From the Space Symposium: new players in space race, new capabilities afforded by 3D printing and virtual reality, and insights into the GPS III program from Lockheed Martin's VP for navigation systems. read more

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SpaceX wins second US Air Force contract to launch GPS III

March 15, 2017By

SpaceX has won a second contract from the U.S. Air Force for launch services to deliver a GPS III satellite to its intended orbit. SpaceX was awarded the $96,500,490 firm-fixed-price contract over the United Launch Alliance. ULA — a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security — did not compete for the first GPS III launch contract.... read more

Lockheed responds to report on Air Force review of GPS III propulsion

March 6, 2017By

Lockheed Martin responded to a report by Bloomberg last week that the U.S. Air Force has opened a review of the propulsion systems used for Lockheed Martin’s GPS III and other military satellites, following a problem during an attempt to boost one into orbit. A Lockheed spokesperson said the first GPS III satellite passed all of its qualification testing and... read more

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GPS III satellite propulsion under US Air Force review

March 3, 2017By

The U.S. Air Force has opened a review of the propulsion systems used for Lockheed Martin’s GPS III and other military satellites after a problem during an attempt to boost one into orbit, according to the service, Bloomberg reports. The review has delayed the Air Force’s acceptance of Lockheed’s first GPS III satellite, which is 34 months late. The most recent... read more

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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

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

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