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