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Third Lockheed Martin-Built GPS III Satellite Now Climbing To Orbit On Its Own Power

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 11:17pm

GPS III Space Vehicle 03 ( GPS III SV03 ) is responding to commands from U.S. Space Force and Lockheed Martin engineers in the Launch & Checkout Center at the company's Denver facility.

Key Points: 
  • GPS III Space Vehicle 03 ( GPS III SV03 ) is responding to commands from U.S. Space Force and Lockheed Martin engineers in the Launch & Checkout Center at the company's Denver facility.
  • "In the coming days, GPS III SV03's onboard liquid apogee engines will continue to propel the satellite towards its operational orbit," said Tonya Ladwig, Lockheed Martin's Acting Vice President for Navigation Systems.
  • Lockheed Martin designed GPS III to help the Space Force modernize the GPS constellation with new technology and capabilities.
  • The new GPS IIIs provide three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities over any previous GPS satellite.

Raytheon completes full GPS OCX design and development

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 7:44pm

AURORA, Colo., Oct. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, has completed full software and hardware development and entered the system integration and test phase.

Key Points: 
  • AURORA, Colo., Oct. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, has completed full software and hardware development and entered the system integration and test phase.
  • The milestone keeps GPS OCX, the enhanced ground control segment of a U.S. Air Force-led effort to modernize America's GPS system, on track to meet its June 2021 contractual delivery deadline.
  • "GPS OCX is one of the largest, most complex software development programs in the Department of Defense, and we're now in the home stretch toward full system delivery," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business.
  • The GPS OCX team completed development of 1.5 million lines of software code, supported by a pivot to leading-edge commercial software development processes that began in 2016.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Helping to Propel Modernization of GPS Satellite Constellation

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 1:00am

Aerojet Rocketdyne provided several propulsion systems to support the launch and operations of this next-generation GPS III satellite.

Key Points: 
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne provided several propulsion systems to support the launch and operations of this next-generation GPS III satellite.
  • GPS III SV02 is the second of up to 32 planned GPS III satellites which will help the Air Force modernize the GPS constellation with new technology and advanced capabilities.
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne has provided onboard propulsion for every GPS satellite since the programs inception some four decades ago.
  • GPS III is the first GPS satellite to broadcast the new L1C civil signal to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems, like Galileo.

GPS III Satellite Launches with BAE Systems RAD750 Single Board Computers

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 5:56pm

The U.S. Air Force today launched its second GPS III satellite, the most powerful Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite ever built.

Key Points: 
  • The U.S. Air Force today launched its second GPS III satellite, the most powerful Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite ever built.
  • BAE Systems RAD750 Single Board Computer (SBC), part of Harris Corporations navigation payload for GPS III prime contractor Lockheed Martin, will provide radiation hardened, high-performance onboard processing capability for the satellites mission.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190822005543/en/
    The second GPS III satellite launched today from Cape Canaveral with our RAD750 Single Board Computer on board.
  • GPS III is the first GPS satellite to broadcast the new L1C civil signal to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems, like Galileo.

L3Harris Technologies Delivers Eighth GPS III Navigation Payload

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 5:00pm

As the U.S. Air Force prepares to launch its second next-generation GPS III satellite, L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) delivered its eighth navigation payload to GPS III satellite prime contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT).

Key Points: 
  • As the U.S. Air Force prepares to launch its second next-generation GPS III satellite, L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) delivered its eighth navigation payload to GPS III satellite prime contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT).
  • The first GPS III satellite launched in December 2018 and its navigation payload has performed beyond expectations on-orbit during pre-operational testing.
  • L3Harris payloads are also already fully integrated in the GPS III 4-6 space vehicles currently in production and testing at Lockheed Martin.
  • In 2017, L3Harris announced that it completed development of an even more-powerful, fully digital MDU for the Air Forces GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program.

Raytheon's ground system supports second GPS III launch

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:31pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Air Force used Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, to support the launch of its second GPS III satellite into space.

Key Points: 
  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Air Force used Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, to support the launch of its second GPS III satellite into space.
  • The ground system will now spend 10 days maneuvering the satellite into its final orbit, demonstrating GPS OCX's ability to simultaneously support multiple GPS III spacecraft on-orbit throughout the checkout and calibration process.
  • GPS OCX, the enhanced ground control segment of America's GPS system, has achieved the highest level of cybersecurity protections of any Department of Defense space system.
  • In addition to GPS OCX's role, RGNext, a joint venture between Raytheon and General Dynamics Information Technology, provided operational launch support to ensure the safe launch of the United Launch Alliance's Delta-IV rocket that was carrying the GPS III satellite.

Second Lockheed Martin-Built Next Generation GPS III Satellite Responding to Commands, Under Self-Propulsion

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 4:21pm

Engineers at Lockheed Martin Space's Waterton, Colorado facility are commanding the satellite using elements of the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) Block 0.

Key Points: 
  • Engineers at Lockheed Martin Space's Waterton, Colorado facility are commanding the satellite using elements of the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) Block 0.
  • GPS III SV02 is the second GPS III satellite designed and built by Lockheed Martin to help the Air Force modernize today's Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation with new technology and capabilities.
  • GPS III SV02 will be the second GPS III satellite in orbit and the second GPS III satellite now being commanded from Lockheed Martin Space's facility.
  • With GPS III SV01 and SV02 now on orbit, GPS III satellites continue to roll off the production line at Lockheed Martin's advanced $128-million GPS III Processing Facility near Denver.

Launch Fairings Up: Second Lockheed Martin-Built GPS III Satellite Ready for July 25 Liftoff

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 2:07pm

The second next-generation, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)-built GPS III satellite nick-named "Magellan" by the U.S. Air Force -- is sealed up and ready for its planned July 25 launch.

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  • The second next-generation, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)-built GPS III satellite nick-named "Magellan" by the U.S. Air Force -- is sealed up and ready for its planned July 25 launch.
  • In the coming days, the enclosed GPS III SV02 satellite will be mounted to a ULA Delta IV rocket for launch.
  • "GPS III SV02 is launching just a brisk seven months after the nation's first GPS III satellite lifted off back in December.
  • On May 27, the Air Force declared the next GPS III satellite, GPS III SV03 , "Available for Launch," pending an official launch date.

Harris Corporation Delivers Navigation Payload for U.S. Air Force’s Seventh GPS III Satellite

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 2:00pm

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has provided Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) with its seventh of 10 advanced navigation payloads contracted for the U.S. Air Forces GPS III satellite program.

Key Points: 
  • Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has provided Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) with its seventh of 10 advanced navigation payloads contracted for the U.S. Air Forces GPS III satellite program.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190611005495/en/
    Harris Corporation has delivered the seventh navigation payload for installation on the Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite.
  • In 2017, Harris announced that it completed development of an even more-capable, fully digital MDU for the Air Forces GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program.
  • Harris expertise in creating and sending GPS signals extends back to the mid-1970s providing navigation technology for every U.S. GPS satellite ever launched.

Lockheed Martin Delivers GPS III Contingency Operations (COps) Ground System Upgrade to Control More Powerful GPS Satellites

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 1:07pm

On May 22, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) delivered the GPS III Contingency Operations (COps) software upgrade to the U.S. Air Force's current GPS ground control system.

Key Points: 
  • On May 22, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) delivered the GPS III Contingency Operations (COps) software upgrade to the U.S. Air Force's current GPS ground control system.
  • To address this, in 2016, the Air Force contracted Lockheed Martin to develop the GPS III COps program.
  • With the AEP OCS' new GPS III COps upgrade, the Air Force will be able to command and control both the legacy satellites, as well the more powerful GPS III satellites.
  • Meanwhile, the first GPS III space vehicle (GPS III SV01), launched in December 2018, is finishing up pre-operational on-orbit check-out.