TAG: GPS III

The GPS Update Syndrome

July 13, 2016By
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The I-want-free-advice syndrome was once called the “Doctor Syndrome” or “Expert Syndrome.” I have recently heard it referred to as the “unsolicited advice” syndrome, because there is a new version that involves shaming the expert in to giving free advice. Occasionally those of us with expertise in an area of interest, which certainly include doctors and lawyers, are faced with... read more

GPS ground control making progress, but needs more money

July 12, 2016By

The Pentagon is seeking an additional $39.2 million from Congress to help develop the United States Air Force’s next-generation GPS ground control system (OCX), reports Inside Defense. Without the additional funding, the OCX would be delayed an additional four months and cost $90 million more to complete, the Pentagon said. The embattled OCX showed progress in its July 7 quarterly review,... read more

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Congress yanks OCX funding; Galileo grows

June 3, 2016By
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Congress Yanks OCX Funding SecDef Must Demonstrate Its Essential Nature The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee withheld the full amount requested by the Pentagon for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for OCX, the Next-Generation Operational Control System (ground control) for GPS, heretofore deemed necessary to operate the next generation of satellites, GPS III. The Pentagon had asked for $394 million in... read more

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Congress yanks funding for OCX

May 17, 2016By

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee withheld the full amount requested by the Pentagon for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for OCX, the Next-Generation Operational Control System (ground control) for GPS, heretofore deemed necessary to operate the next generation of satellites, GPS III. The Pentagon had asked for $394 million in the upcoming funding cycle, to enable Raytheon to continue work... read more

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SpaceX awarded GPS III satellite launch contract

April 29, 2016By
A SpaceX Falcon 9 stands ready for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Air Force awarded a contract for GPS III Launch Services to SpaceX.

The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) was awarded a contract for GPS III Launch Services. This is a firm-fixed price, standalone contract with a total value of $82,700,000. SpaceX will provide the government with a total launch solution for the... read more

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System of Systems: OCX to Cost More, Come Later

April 1, 2016By
The next-generation GPS ground-control system, known as OCX.

GPS III program slowed by funds diversion. The White House budget request for the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) comes to $393.3 million for fiscal year (FY) 2017. read more

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FY 2017 budget request includes $857 million for GPS

February 19, 2016By

The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 includes $847.362 million in Department of Defense funds and $10 million in Department of Transportation funds to sustain and modernize the Global Positioning System (GPS). Funds will go toward the GPS III program, including the new ground system (OCX), military user equipment, and wide-area augmentation through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). FY 2017... read more

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System of Systems: GPS III bidding, testing

February 9, 2016By
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GPS III Bidding Opens — Again The GPS Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) continues to look for someone to build 22 GPS III satellites in the near future. SMC issued a request for proposals on Jan. 8, with rather complicated terms. The first eight GPS III satellites are already under contract, and two have been built,... read more