Frank Kendall, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, addressing the Washington Space Business Roundtable Feb. 23, 2016. Credit: SpaceNews/Mike Moser
The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $886 million contract in 2010 to develop the next-generation GPS ground system, or GPS OXC. Credit: Raytheon graphic
Lockheed Martin’s full-sized, functional GPS 3 satellite prototype. Credit: Lockheed Martin
The first satellite, pictured above, in the U.S. Air Force's GPS 3 program recently passed its thermal vacuum test. Credit: Lockheed Martin.
An Air Force official said seven to 10 missions to be awarded competitively would include a number of GPS 3 satellite launches, which appear well suited to the capabilities of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (left). Meanwhile, a National Reconnaissance Office mission dubbed NROL-79 will launch atop ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: An Air Force official said seven to 10 missions to be awarded competitively would include a number of GPS 3 satellite launches, which appear well suited to the capabilities of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket (left). Meanwhile, a National Reconnaissance Office mission dubbed NROL-79 will launch atop ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: SpaceX/ULA
The Air Force said work on a new ground control system for GPS 3 satellites has triggered a Nunn-McCurdy breach. | Credit: Raytheon video grab
The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $886 million contract in 2010 to develop the next-generation GPS ground system, or GPS OXC. Credit: Raytheon graphic
Artist's concept of Lockheed Martin's GPS 3 satellite. Credit: U.S. Air Force
Lockheed Martin’s full-sized, functional GPS 3 satellite prototype. Credit: Lockheed Martin
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The Air Force said work on a new ground control system for GPS 3 satellites has triggered a Nunn-McCurdy breach. | Credit: Raytheon video grab
Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver, said the company is hoping to complete work on the first GPS 3 satellite by August, even though the Air Force has said the satellite would launch no earlier than 2017. Credit: SpaceNews/Kate Patterson
United Launch Alliance successfully launched Feb. 5  an Atlas 5 rocket carrying the GPS 2F-12 satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Credit: ULA.
The Air Force said work on a new ground control system for GPS 3 satellites has triggered a Nunn-McCurdy breach. | Credit: Raytheon video grab
William Brown, chief executive, Harris Corp.
An Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off Jan. 20 carrying IRNSS-1E, the fifth satellite in  the seven-spacecraft Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. Credit: ISRO

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