TAG: SpaceX

System of Systems: Brexit may oust UK from Galileo work

April 26, 2017By

Brexit May Oust U.K. from Galileo Work Participation of the United Kingdom space industry in Galileo may be in doubt as negotiations get underway on details of the U.K. withdrawal from the European Union (EU). European Commission officials signaled that they want to rely solely on producers within the European Union for the block’s major programs, citing security concerns such... 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

US Air Force releases GPS III-3 launch services RFP

August 4, 2016By

The Air Force has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for launch services for the GPS III-3 mission, scheduled to launch in 2019. Proposals are due Sept. 19; the contract will be a standalone contract for a single GPS III launch. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) and SpaceX are expected to compete for the contract. In April, SpaceX was chosen to launch the... read more

SpaceX awarded GPS III satellite launch contract

April 29, 2016By

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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GPS programs at a crossroads: Which way forward?

December 9, 2015By

The late, great, oft-quoted Yogi Berra, in an interview shortly before his passing, was quoted as saying “I never said most of the things I said.” For our purposes, let’s concentrate on one of his most famous quotes: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” On to GPS. I use the term GPS in a ubiquitous PNT... read more

ULA won’t bid on GPS III launch contract

November 17, 2015By

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) declined Nov. 16 to submit a bid to launch the GPS III satellite, leaving the field wide open for commercial launch service SpaceX, reports Space News. The first GPS III satellite is expected to launch in 2018. SpaceX is likely to win the U.S. Air Force launch contract by default. Every operational GPS mission has... read more

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ION-JNC and the Nascent Paradigm

July 8, 2015By

In June, I participated in the Institute of Navigation’s Joint Navigation Conference. This year attendance was up by 20 percent. The entire event was FOUO (For Official Use Only) with a classified day, which included a remarkable War Fighter Panel that I co-chaired with my colleague Jim Doherty at Institute For Defense Analyses. It is always heart-warming and invariably enlightening to hear our warfighters discuss capabilities that GPS enables for them in times of peace and war. You could even say this was the theme of the conference: “The capabilities that GPS technology enables.” PLUS: The future of SpaceX. read more

GPS IIF-10 Satellite Readied for July 15 Launch

July 7, 2015By

United Launch Alliance crews on July 7 placed the next GPS satellite on top of an Atlas V rocket for blastoff later this month, reports SpaceFlight Now. Liftoff for the GPS IIF-10 satellite will take place July 15, between 11:36 and 11:55 a.m. EDT, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral, Fla. This is the second of three GPS constellation replenishment flights planned... read more