GPS Block III

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.