TAG: U.S. Air Force

Boeing, US Air Force extend partnership to sustain GPS IIA, IIF

February 6, 2017By
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Boeing and the U.S. Air Force have signed a GPS sustainment agreement to ensure the health of current satellites on orbit. The agreement enables persistent GPS capability for civilians and the military as Boeing works on next-generation GPS satellites. Under the agreement, Boeing will support GPS IIA and IIF satellites on orbit for the next five years. Boeing, which has been... read more

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USAF to test increased GPS signal power Jan. 25

January 24, 2017By

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 25, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) will conduct a limited-duration test implementing an increase of the Ll C/A power level on the GPS Block IIR-M and llF satellites — a total of 19 satellites. The C/A power will remain within IS-GPS-200-H specifications, and the power increase is not expected to increase the noise floor by more than... read more

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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GPS World remembers defense columnist Don Jewell

December 13, 2016By
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Don Jewell passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 12. For more than nine years, Don wrote the Defense PNT monthly e-newsletter column for GPS World, after a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as Deputy Chief Scientist for Air Force Space Command with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. A celebration of his life was held Oct. 20 in... read more

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

Raytheon, US Air Force complete GPS OCX test milestone

October 13, 2016By
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Raytheon has reached another milestone in its development of the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. This 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. OCX’s development is delivered in “blocks,” with Block 0 comprising... read more

Public meeting set for Navstar GPS documents

August 29, 2016By

The U.S. Air Force is holding a 2016 Public Interface Control Working Group and Open Forum for the Navstar GPS public documents Sept. 21-22 in El Segundo, California. The meeting is intended to update the public on GPS public document revisions and collect issues and comments for analysis and possible integration into future Navstar revisions. The forum will be held for the following documents:... read more

US Air Force releases GPS III-3 launch services RFP

August 4, 2016By
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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