TAG: Lockheed Martin

Out in Front: GPS III and the Budget Blues

March 1, 2015By

Guest column by Don Jewell, Defense Editor In the 2016 President’s Budget, submitted in February, the U.S. Air Force requested a budget of $122.2 billion. That exceeds the Office of Management and Budget’s recommendation by almost $10 billion. I applaud the Air Force action and think it may be too little, too late. On the satellite or hardware side of... 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

Air Force Orders Two More GPS III Satellites

February 2, 2015By

The United States Air Force plans to order two more GPS III satellites from contractor Lockheed Martin, according to SpaceNews. Lockheed Martin is under contract to build eight GPS III satellites, with the first planned to be launched in 2016. The contract includes options for up to four more satellites. However, the Air Force plans to open up construction of subsequent GPS satellites for... read more

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GPS III Command and Control Passes Key Test

January 5, 2015By
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Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System (OCX). Successful completion of Exercise 4, on Oct. 3, represents a key milestone demonstrating the end-to-end capability to automatically transfer... read more

ION GNSS+ 2014: Lockheed Martin

October 1, 2014By

The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of GPS Block IIR and IIR-M satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, have reached 200 collective years of operational life. Chip Eschenfelder of Lockheed Martin displays a model of one of the GPS IIR’s at the company’s booth at the ION GNSS+ Conference September 9-12 in Tampa, Florida. read more

GPS III Payload Arrives, Platform Acceptance Tests Next

September 22, 2014By

Enter GPS III. The long-awaited navigation payload for the next-generation satellite pulled into its new temporary home over the September 13 weekend, the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Littleton, Colorado. Lockheed is the U.S. Air Force’s  prime contractor for the first batch of eight GPS III satellites. Exelis Geospatial Systems has committed to delivering the payloads for the second,... read more

Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellites Reach 200 Years of Operational Life

September 4, 2014By
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The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of GPS Block IIR and IIR-M satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, have reached 200 collective years of operational life. The 20 satellites make up about two thirds of the current GPS constellation. Originally launched between 1997 and 2009 to add capabilities to the GPS constellation and to replace other aging satellites, the 12 GPS IIR and... read more

The System: GPS III, Always a New Horizon

July 30, 2014By

First, Lockheed Martin began investigating options for its GPS III payload supply line last year.  Then in June of this year, the U.S. Air Force opened a “sources sought”  initiative for a production-ready GPS space vehicle, equipped with an alternate payload, for consideration alongside the Lockheed Martin-built GPS III vehicle. Grumman and Boeing have responded to the U.S. Air Force... read more