GPS III Satellite Promises Better Accuracy

Many of us interact with a GPS device every day, even if we don’t realize it. Our cell phones have them, many of our cars have them, and we can buy numerous devices to keep tabs on our kids, elderly parents, pets, valuable belongings, and even our own movements. But even more importantly, GPS tracking is used by law enforcement officers and the military every day to perform their jobs and keep us all safer. Now, thanks to Lockheed Martin’s newest GPS III satellite, all of that is about to get even better. Lockheed Martin recently announced the successful completionRead More

An Improved Means of Finding Your Way

During the summer many people go on vacation. They pack their cars, gather their children, and plug in their GPS. The GPS has taken the place of road maps, increasing the method finding one’s way in travel. The GPS used in everyday life is connected to the GPS satellite system that is known as the GPS constellation. In the GPS constellation, 24 GPS satellites revolve around the earth, providing information necessary for determining one’s location. Unfortunately, there are times when the GPS devices do not have access to the satellites due to interference.  Interference can come in a variety ofRead More

USAF GPS III Satellite Production on Firm Footing

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Production of the US Air Force’s GPS System III satellite is well underway, demonstrated by the delivery of the satellite propulsion core module by Lockheed Martin to their GPS Processing Facility (GPF) located in Denver, Colorado.   “The delivery of the propulsion core demonstrated this program is on firm footing and poised to deliver on its commitments,” said Lieut. Col. Todd Caldwell, the GPS III program manager for the USAF. “In this challenging budget environment, we are focused on efficient program execution to deliver critical new capabilities to GPS users worldwide.”   This first piece of hardware contains the integratedRead More

Dual Launches of GPS III Satellites Expected to Save $50 Million Per Satellite

Officials with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Lockheed Martin claim that an estimated $50 million per satellite could be saved by sending two GPS III spacecraft into orbit at the same time with a single rocket. Currently, each GPS satellite is launched with a single Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), but the Air Force is hoping to start a “dual launch” program for GPS III satellites starting with the ninth satellite. Both ULA and Lockheed Martin agree that this could happen much sooner than that.   They are looking into how to safely house and eject two satellites at theRead More

GPS III Satellites: Putting an End to Jamming

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GPS jamming is probably one of the most dangerous practices. Without GPS, planes wouldn’t be able to make it safely to their destinations, drones couldn’t hit their mark accurately, and emergency responders may not know how to reach your location in times of emergency. The signals currently emitted from the constellation of satellites we use today are at high risk for jammers to strike, causing chaos all around us.   Lockheed Martin hopes to change all that with the GPS III satellites they have been contracted to produce. This next generation satellite has been specifically designed to fine tune theRead More

Lockheed: GPS Satellite Program Still On Schedule

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Lockheed Martin Corp, the company contracted to build new GPS navigational satellites, recently assured the US Air Force Space Command office that everything was “on schedule, on target” according to the department’s head. Air Force General William Shelton also dispelled rumors that the program’s cost had risen 18 percent, as initially laid out in a recent congressional report. Shelton said of the GPS III satellite program, “There is no question in my mind that the program is going extremely well.” He says the budget is “not even close” to a level that would force the Pentagon to notify Congress dictatedRead More

GPS III Dual Launch Covered in Current Budget

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As of today, any GPS satellite launched into orbit has done so all by itself. One satellite at a time traveled aboard United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta 2 rocket into its constellation. One slight problem: Delta 2 has been phased out. Its replacements, Atlas 5 and Delta 4, significantly larger rockets, allow ULA and Lockheed Martin Corp, the two companies contracted to develop and implement GPS III satellite technology, to launch two satellites into orbit at one time. Bonus: costs associated with sending these GPS satellites into orbit are covered in the budget. Air Force General William Shelton has confirmedRead More