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2013-11-21 12:21:22

GPS III Backward-Compatible with GPS IIR, IIR-M, and IIF Satellites Currently in Orbit CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] prototype of the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite, the GPS III, recently proved it was backward-compatible with the existing GPS satellite constellation in orbit. During tests that concluded on Oct. 17, Lockheed Martin's GPS III Nonflight Satellite Testbed (GNST), a...

2013-07-15 12:20:36

DENVER, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed and is preparing to install the navigation, communication, and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. Seven antenna assemblies, produced at Lockheed Martin's Newtown, Pa. facility, were delivered to the company's GPS III Processing Facility (GPF) near Denver, Colo. on June 14. The antennas will be installed on the...

2013-02-28 12:22:17

DENVER, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team developing the U.S. Air Force's next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has turned on power to the system module of the program's first spacecraft, designated GPS III Space Vehicle One (SV-1). The milestone is a key indication the team is on track to deliver the first satellite for launch availability in 2014. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while...

2012-11-19 12:21:03

DENVER, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team developing the U.S. Air Force's next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has completed thermal vacuum testing for the Navigation Payload Element (NPE) of the GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST). The milestone is one of several environmental tests verifying the navigation payload's quality of workmanship and increased performance compared to the current generation of satellites. The GPS III...

2012-05-31 06:21:44

NEWTOWN, Pa., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $68 million contract to provide mission readiness, launch, early orbit checkout and on-orbit operations engineering support for the first two GPS III space vehicles. The first and second GPS III satellites are on schedule for launch availability in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites while improving capability to meet the evolving...

2012-02-04 00:30:00

50 SW installs software release to support next GPS IIF launch. Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. (PRWEB) February 03, 2012 The 50th Space Wing´s 2nd Space Operations Squadron installed a new software release on the Global Positioning System Ground Segment to support the upcoming launch of a GPS Block IIF satellite. The Space and Missile Systems Center´s GPS Directorate Sustainment team, located at Peterson Air Force Base, delivered the software updates to 2 SOPS after the...

2012-01-12 12:30:00

NEWTOWN, Pa., Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $238 million contract for production of the third and fourth satellites in the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation, known as GPS III. The acquisition of the next two GPS III satellites at one time will allow the Lockheed Martin-led team to maximize efficiencies in satellite manufacturing. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS...

2012-01-11 11:00:00

NEWTOWN, Pa., Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $21.5 million contract to provide a Launch and Checkout Capability (LCC) to command and control all GPS III satellites from launch through early on-orbit testing. The LCC, which will be integrated into the Raytheon-developed Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), will ensure launch availability for the first GPS III satellite in 2014. The LCC includes trained...

2011-12-13 11:00:00

DENVER, Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team developing the U.S. Air Force's next generation Global Positioning System has delivered the program's pathfinder spacecraft to the company's Denver-area facility. The pathfinder, known as the GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST), will now undergo final assembly, integration and test activities in a new facility designed to maximize efficiencies and reduce costs of satellite production. The GPS...

2011-02-15 12:26:00

NEWTOWN, Pa., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The seventh Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-7/SVN-54) satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), has reached 10 years of successful on-orbit operations, and continues to deliver critical position, navigation and timing (PNT) signals to nearly one billion GPS users worldwide. The satellite, launched on January 30, 2001 and declared operational on February 15, 2001, is one of 31 GPS spacecraft currently on-orbit...