GPS III Prototype Proves Compatibility with Existing Constellation

November 21, 2013By

The Lockheed Martin prototype of the next-generation GPS satellite, the GPS III, has proven that it is backwardly compatible with the existing GPS satellite constellation in orbit. During tests that concluded on October 17, Lockheed Martin’s GPS III testbed successfully communicated via cross-links to Air Force simulators of the current GPS constellation in orbit. The current GPS constellation includes GPS... read more

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Extra Life for IIRs, IIR-Ms

August 29, 2013By

U.S. Air Force engineers are testing on-orbit a technique to extend the life of the 19 GPS IIR and IIR-M satellites on orbit, roughly 60 percent of the current constellation. A new charging method may reduce the rate of satellite battery degradation, thereby extending satellite operational life. If the technique passes the test, the initiative could add a combined 20... read more

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Expert Advice: Block IIR Lifetimes and GPS Sustainment

November 1, 2010By

In 2009, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report claimed that the GPS constellation was extremely vulnerable to failure, and a recent September 2010 GAO follow-up continues to make that assertion. In this article, we present the technical data to contradict some of the GAO report conclusions. read more

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