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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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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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Directions 2017: GPS navigates the future

December 2, 2016By
Col. Whitney with the Green Monster, mascot of the U.S. Air Force GPS Directorate.

I’m proud to be a part of the accomplishments of the men and women of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning System Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. The year has been extremely challenging, but looking back on 2016, we have taken real steps forward to modernize the GPS Enterprise and the way... read more

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Lockheed completes COTS upgrade of ground control system

December 1, 2016By
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Lockheed Martin has completed a major upgrade to modernize the current ground control system of the U.S. Air Force’s GPS constellation. The Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Upgrade #2 (CUP2) project is the latest step in the Air Force’s multi-year plan to refresh technology and transform the legacy Operational Control Segment — known as the Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP) — into a modern, high-performance... read more

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

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

GPS III satellite delivery slips because of capacitor

September 15, 2016By

Lockheed Martin has pushed back the delivery of the first GPS III satellite by four months after discovering that a subcontractor failed to conduct testing on a ceramic capacitor, part of the navigation payload, according to Bloomberg. Delivery of the satellite was expected in August, but will now be delayed four more months and won’t be shipped until at least... read more

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