Lockheed Martin Ships First Seven GPS III Antenna Assemblies

Lockheed Martin Corp has announced their Newtown, PA plant shipped the first seven antenna assemblies for the GPS III satellites. These antenna assemblies are now on their way to the company’s GPS III Processing Facility just outside of Denver, CO. The next step: installing the antennas to the first GPS III satellite, SV 01, scheduled to head to the Air Force in 2014, at which point it will be launched into orbit. These antennas will allow the satellite to send and receive data crucial to the proper function of military and civilian GPS navigation devices. They offer a UHF crosslinkRead More

Budget Cuts Affect GPS Program Development

Budget cuts and money shortages are not new, but now funding for GPS technology program development is feeling the effects. Recent actions of Congress raise serious concerns that needed money will not be allocated to the program. The Background The Department of Defense is in the process of developing a new GPS control system called the Next Generation Operational Control System, or OCX. This system is designed to control the new GPS III satellites that will be launched some time in the next few years. Several years ago, the government decided that a significant portion of funding for the newRead More

Delta PDR for GPS III Deemed A Success by Lockheed Martin

Delta Preliminary Design Review (dPDR) was successfully completed for the next group of GPS III satellites, according to Lockheed Martin. The GPS satellites are part of the US Air Force’s GPS III program to replace aging satellites and help those who rely on the GPS system more effectively.   The GPS III satellites feature eight times the anti-jamming signal power and are three times more accurate than our current system. The design life of the satellites is also improved, and a new civil signal will be added which works alongside international GNSS.   Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract toRead More

Software for GPS III Satellites: Ready for Takeoff

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It was a big moment for Lockheed Martin earlier last month, when they announced certain software for the US Air Force’s GPS III satellites has been completed. After the Software Item Qualification Testing was conducted for this specific software, which controls the satellite while it is in orbit and monitors the satellite’s subsystems, the green light was given to test it out on the first GPS III satellite.   “Completion of this flight software milestone demonstrates our continued positive program momentum and is another step forward in reducing risk up front to facilitate long-term affordability,” said USAF’s GPS III programRead 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

Raytheon: GPS OCX iteration 1.4 Critical Design Review Complete

Raytheon Company has announced the successful completion of software iteration 1.4 Critical Design Review (iCDR) for the Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). This displays the high level of maturity of the OCX design, showing it is ready to support GPS III launch readiness.   Software iteration 1.4 gives GPS III command and control capability it relies upon to support the first three launch exercises in preparation for the launch and checkout of the very first GPS III satellite.   “This is a major step forward for OCX that demonstrates we are on track to supportRead More

GPS III Satellites: Putting an End to Jamming


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 Martin: Awarded GPS III Flight Operations Contract by USAF


Lockheed Martin was awarded a $68 million contract by the United States Air Force giving them the the opportunity to provide mission readiness, launch, early orbit checkout, and on-orbit operations engineering support for the first two GPS III satellites. These satellites are scheduled to launch in 2014 and 2015 respectively.   GPS III space vehicles will replace the current aging GPS II satellites and improve the ever-changing needs of commercial, military, and civilian users around the word. They will offer increased accuracy as well as anti-jamming capabilities, while at the same time enhancing the satellite’s design life. A new civilRead More

GPS III Flight Operations Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin


It’s official: Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $68 million contract by the US Air Force giving them the opportunity to deal with each aspect regarding the launch of the first two GPS III space vehicles, tasks such as launch, on-orbit operations engineering support, and mission readiness. The launch of these two satellites is scheduled for 2014 and 2015, respectively.   The GPS III satellites will replace GPS satellites currently in orbit but in need of replacing, keeping up with the ever-evolving technological demands from civilians, the military, and commercial users across the world. These GPS III satellites offer improvedRead More

GPS III Preps for Launch, Exelis Aboard


Does ITT Exelis sound familiar to you? You may have never heard of them, but they’ve been a part of GPS technology for forty years. A satellite company called ITT Exelis participated in the evolution of GPS nearly from day one. Now, the company is preparing to build part of the satellites to be used for the next generation of GPS satellites, collectively a part of the GPS III satellite constellation. What does GPS III Mean? There have been two previous “levels” of GPS satellites. GPS III has been recently approved by the government, allowing more accurate GPS signals toRead More