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News Archive / Tagged: GPS III

  • Delta IV Medium ends 17-Year run with 100% success

    Jim SiegelAugust 25th, 2019

    ULA's Delta IV Medium rocket, which made its debut flight in 2002, finished its 17-year career by propelling a GPS III satellite into medium Earth orbit.

  • Gallery: Flight of GPS III marks final flight of Delta IV Medium

    Jason RhianAugust 22nd, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance carried out the last flight of a Delta IV Medium rocket with the GPS III satellite on Aug. 22, 2019, from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • USAF provided with software upgrade for GPS III

    Jason RhianJune 15th, 2019

    Five months after being awarded the GPS Control Segment Sustainment II (GCS II) contract, Lockheed Martin has started delivering on that contract.

  • A day of scrubs: No flights today for SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace or ULA – UPDATE

    Jason RhianDecember 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Today wasn't the most productive for Arianespace, SpaceX, Blue Origin or ULA. Attempts to launch four missions all ended with the rockets and their payloads safe - but on the ground.

  • Navigating politics, SpaceX’s successes attract executive-level attention

    Jason RhianDecember 17th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- It looks like SpaceX will have its latest scheduled launch, that of the GPS III navigational satellite, attended by a politician who has shown great interest in U.S. space efforts.

  • Lockheed Martin submits proposal for US Air Force’s GPS IIIF program

    Jim SharkeyApril 23rd, 2018

    Lockheed Martin has submitted a proposal for the U.S. Air Force's GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program, which would add new capabilities to new GPS satellites. Up to 22 next-generation spacecraft are expected to be produced under this program.

  • U.S.A.F’s first GPS III satellite connects with OCX system

    Jason RhianDecember 20th, 2017

    The first GPS III spacecraft slated to be sent aloft has had its communications system successfully tested when the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) sent commands to a prototype in what was deemed a "validation" of the USAF's new Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite. In so doing, it has cleared the GPS III satellite for launch.

  • Lockheed Martin completes assembly of third GPS III satellite

    Bart LeahyNovember 30th, 2017

    Using its advanced cleanroom facility near Denver, Colorado, Lockheed Martin has fully assembled the third of its ten contracted third-generation Global Positioning System (GPS III) satellites. Lockheed Martin did not state an official delivery date for the spacecraft, dubbed GPS III Space Vehicle 03 (GPS III SV03).

  • 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.