TAG: U.S. Air Force

Words from Gen. Hyten: Leader, prophet and warfighter

April 18, 2016By
Commander AFSPC – Gen. John Hyten (Courtesy of the USAF)

There were well over 100 presentations and speeches given at the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week. However, I only want to speak about one of them briefly. While there were many presentations that were absolutely newsworthy, one presenter had something special and significant to say about the future of space and warfare. Gen. John Hyten is... read more

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Raytheon, US Air Force complete first GPS OCX qualification test

April 13, 2016By
The Block 0/Launch and Checkout System infrastructure before being shipped to Schriever Air Force BAse and installed. (Photo: Raytheon)

On March 4, Raytheon successfully passed the first formal qualification test milestone for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). The new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. The event was the Configuration Item Qualification Test (CIQT) milestone for the Launch... read more

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US military leads autonomous trend

March 11, 2016By
The helicopter delivered the Land Tamer, Carnegie Mellon's unmanned ground vehicle. (Photo: CMU)

Virtually all unmanned systems use GPS location technology and advanced mapping. As systems evolve, and enemy threats become more sophisticated, new requirements are emerging. The U.S. military is out in front of this trend, developing unmanned autonomous systems at an even faster pace, with more ambitious goals, than the civilian market. read more

Retrofitted Predator succeeds in long-winged flight

March 7, 2016By
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully flown the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range (ER) Long Wing craft. The long-wing Predator is retrofitted with improved long-endurance wings, greater internal fuel capacity and additional hard points for carrying external stores. The flight took place Feb. 18 at GA-ASI’s Gray Butte Flight Test Facility in Palmdale, Calif., on a test aircraft. GA-ASI is a a... read more

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Team Schriever celebrates GPS heritage

February 23, 2016By
Attendees give a standing ovation to Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro Jr. after he shared his story during the GPS Heritage Gala Del Toro was the guest speaker. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

News from 50th Space Wing Public Affairs In honor of the space program that benefits more than 3 billion users worldwide, the 2nd and 19th Space Operations Squadrons celebrated the second annual GPS Heritage Gala Friday, Feb. 19, at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The two squadrons perform the satellite command and control mission for the GPS constellation. The... read more

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PNT Roundup: Inertial market outlook, 3D grows lidar, RoboParachute drops

February 22, 2016By
Blue Force Tracker units may add inertial to GPS for unit and individual soldier location.

Inertial effort underway for MGUE
The U.S. Air Force’s Joint Service Systems Management Office (JSSMO) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation an order to support embedded GPS/inertial navigation system (INS) pre-Phase 1 modernization efforts. read more

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GPS III navigation payload to be all digital

February 2, 2016By
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Harris Corporation will offer an all-digital navigation payload for GPS III Space Vehicles (SV) 11 and beyond. According to Harris, the fully digital navigation payload will provide enhanced performance and enable on-orbit reprogramming. The all-digital payload expands on the advanced features of the current 70-percent digital payload that Harris provides for Lockheed Martin’s GPS III SV 1-8 satellites. The features provide greater... read more

Launch of last GPS IIF satellite shifts to Friday

February 2, 2016By
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The U.S. Air Force plans to launch the 12th — and final — satellite in the Block IIF series of modernized GPS spacecraft this week. Originally scheduled to launch Feb. 3, the launch has been moved to Friday, Feb. 5. According to United Launch Alliance (ULA), the cause for the schedule slip was “concerns over the integrity of electrical connectors on the Atlas V... read more