Senate appropriators said the ground control system for the next-generation of GPS satellites “remains in jeopardy” and that as a result, the Air Force should slow its launch cadence for future GPS satellites and terminate development efforts for latter parts of the new system.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman separate $5 million contracts to demonstrate their ability to build the next batch of GPS 3 positioning, navigation and timing satellites, according to a May 5 announcement from the service.
SpaceX has won an $82.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to launch a next-generation GPS satellite aboard its Falcon 9 rocket in May 2018, the first of nine competitive launch awards the Defense Department plans to make in the next three years.
The first satellite in the Air Force’s GPS 3 constellation could be available for launch as early as August, a top Lockheed Martin executive said March 8.
Frustrated with progress on a new ground system for the next-generation of GPS satellites the Pentagon hopes to start launching just over a year from now, the U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $96 million contract modification Feb. 4 to adapt the existing ground system to serve as a stop-gap measure.
Harris Corp. plans further workforce reductions at its CapRock Communications satellite services division in the face of the decline in satellite-bandwidth demand from energy exploration companies as crude-oil prices test multi-year lows.
In its first mission for 2016, the Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday successfully launched the fifth satellite of its space-based navigational system that it says will become fully operational by middle of this year.
The long-delayed first satellite in the U.S. Air Force’s GPS 3 program has passed a key test, a top Lockheed Martin executive said Jan. 13.
The U.S. Air Force released a formal solicitation for companies to demonstrate their ability to build the next batch of GPS 3 satellites.
A formal solicitation for companies to demonstrate their ability to build the next batch of GPS 3 satellites is expected on Jan. 8, 2016.
The U.S. Air Force will be unable to leverage the full capabilities of its next-generation GPS 3 positioning, navigation and timing satellites after the service said the associated ground system faces continuing technical difficulties and needs at least two additional years of work.
GPS is critical to our national security and our economy. So it’s a prime target for increasingly sophisticated cyberattackers. It’s incredible that we’ve remained relatively unscathed thus far.
SpaceX is likely to win — by default — a U.S. Air Force contract to launch a next-generation GPS satellite after United Launch Alliance announced Nov. 16 that it declined to bid.