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News Archive / Tagged: GPS III

  • U.S. Air Force accepts first block of next-generation GPS control system

    Bart LeahyNovember 6th, 2017

    After several delays, Raytheon has delivered part of the Operational Control System (OCX) to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for use on the USAF’s next-generation global positioning system (GPS III) satellites. The new OCX improves the accuracy of positioning information for all users.

  • U.S. Air Force declares first GPS III satellite ‘Available for Launch’

    Jim SharkeyOctober 14th, 2017

    On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the U.S. Air Force declared that the first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite will be "Available for Launch" in 2018.

  • U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use (MCEU) ground system upgrade contract

    Press ReleaseSeptember 20th, 2017

    DENVER, Sept. 12, 2017 – The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $45.5 million contract to provide Military Code (M-Code) Early Use (MCEU) capability to the Global Positioning System (GPS).

  • Second GPS III satellite completes strenuous launch environment test

    Jim SharkeySeptember 8th, 2017

    Before a satellite can begin its operational life on orbit, it must first survive the extreme sound pressure and punishing vibrations caused by over 700,000 pounds-force (3,110 kN) of rocket thrust. On July 13, 2017, Lockheed Martin's second GPS III satellite (GPS III SV02) successfully completed acoustic environmental testing.

  • U.S Air Force awards SpaceX $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

    Bart LeahyMarch 16th, 2017

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. — For the second time in two years, Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has been awarded a contract to launch a payload for the U.S. Department of Defense. This award is a vote of confidence in SpaceX’s ongoing launch operations.

  • Lockheed Martin, USAF set to upgrade GPS ground support systems

    David BrownDecember 29th, 2016

    In Dec. 2016, Lockheed Martin, in concert with the U.S. Air Force, announced that it is ready to "proceed with software development and systems engineering to modify the existing GPS ground control system”. These modifications are designed to support the new and more capable GPS III system scheduled for launch in the Spring of 2018 replacing the existing GPS IIR, IIR-M, and IIF satellites.

  • Lockheed Martin receives order for additional GPS satellites

    Scott JohnsonOctober 3rd, 2016

    Lockheed Martin announced last week that the U.S. Air Force has exercised $395 million in contract options and ordered the construction of two additional GPS III satellites – bringing the total on order from the Maryland-based company to 10.

  • Lockheed Martin awarded Phase 1 contract for future GPS III satellites

    Derek RichardsonMay 20th, 2016

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $5 million contract for phase one of the U.S. Air Force’s procurement process for future GPS III satellites. Over the course of the next 26 months, the company will demonstrate the value of a modular design for the positioning constellation.

  • SpaceX awarded $82.7 million USAF GPS III launch contract

    Scott JohnsonMay 2nd, 2016

    This past week, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) announced that Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) has been awarded the launch services contract for the GPS-III-2 satellite – scheduled for launch in May 2018.

  • First GPS III satellite completes thermal vacuum test

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 6th, 2016

    Lockheed Martin announced on Feb. 3 that the first Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite completed a system level thermal vacuum test, validating the design can operate in the extreme environment of space.

  • First GPS III satellite set for system level tests

    Jason RhianMay 6th, 2015

    In the modern era, we have become accustomed to technological devices which help us navigate, both figuratively and literally, our way through our lives. Perhaps one of the systems which we most take for granted is the Global Positioning System or “GPS”. This orbital network has been tracing unseen arcs in the skies above our […]

  • GPS III and OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command and control capabilities

    Press ReleaseDecember 29th, 2014

    Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Company successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the world’s most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System (GPS), the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System (OCX).

  • Boeing to build Intelsat 35e EpicNG Satellite

    Press ReleaseJuly 9th, 2014

    Boeing will build the Intelsat 35e Epic Next Generation satellite for Intelsat, the world’s leading provider of global satellite services and Boeing’s largest commercial satellite customer. This also marks Intelsat’s ninth order for a satellite based on Boeing’s 702MP (medium power) platform.

  • Boeing GPS IIF completes on-orbit checkout

    Press ReleaseJune 27th, 2014

    With on-orbit checkout and validation of the sixth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite, Boeing has reached the halfway mark in delivering the current series of satellites to the U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS constellation.