TAG: U.S. Air Force

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 first 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... read more

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Lockheed Martin advances threat protection on GPS control segment

November 9, 2015By

Security upgrades developed by Lockheed Martin for the GPS ground control system are now fully operational to safeguard data and ensure satellite availability. The GPS Intrusion Protection Reinforcement (GIPR) technology refresh is part of the Air Force’s strategy to modernize the current GPS system and to ensure the availability of its services for more than one billion global military, civilian and... read more

Next-to-last GPS IIF satellite launched into orbit

November 2, 2015By
GPS IIF-11 Heads for space on Halloween.

The U.S. Air Force successfully launched its 11th and next-to-last Boeing-built Global Positioning System GPS IIF series satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Oct. 31 at 12:13 p.m. EDT (9:13 a.m. PDT). GPS IIF satellites provide improved signals to support both the warfighter and the growing... read more

GPS IIF-11 Launch Delayed until Saturday

October 30, 2015By
Major General David Thompson announces a 24-hour delay for the launch of the eleventh GPS-IIF satellite.

Major General David Thompson, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command, announced this morning that the GPS IIF launch scheduled for today will be delayed for 24 hours due to a water deluge suppression system at the launch site. Launch should only be delayed for 24 hours. The water deluge suppression system is a launch site safety issue. Officials made the call... read more

Last of 12 GPS IIF Satellites Arrives at Cape Canaveral

October 13, 2015By
A quality assurance team from the 45th Launch Group off-loads a GPS IIF-12 satellite from a C-17 Globemaster III on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 8. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid Strip” to watch the off-loading of the satellite they will prepare to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Rainier)

The last Air Force GPS IIF in a block of 12 satellites was delivered to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, from Boeing’s manufacturing facility in El Segundo, Calif., Oct. 8 via a C-17 Globemaster III. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid Strip” to watch the... read more

GPS III Launch Services RFP Released by Air Force

September 30, 2015By

The U.S. Air Force released a final Request for Proposal (RFP) for GPS III Launch Services on Sept. 30. Launch services include launch vehicle production, mission integration and launch operations for a GPS III mission scheduled to launch in 2018. Proposals are due back to the Air Force no later than Nov. 16 in accordance with the solicitation instructions. After evaluating proposals through... read more

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What to Do, Who to See at the 31st Space Symposium

April 8, 2015By

Every year before I attend the Space Symposium, I make a list of topics to explore and people to talk to, both as a journalist and in my senior space analyst profession. I thought I would share my topics and names with you, because you may have some of the same interests — including GPS III, OCX and up-and-coming executives and officers. read more

Delta IV GPS IIF-9 Launch Highlights

April 2, 2015By

The U.S. Air Force’s ninth GPS Block IIF satellite (GPS IIF-9) launched on March 25 aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket, which has been the workhorse of the GPS fleet for successful launches. ULA provided this video showing highlights of the launch. read more