A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a U.S. Space Force GPS 3 satellite June 17. The rocket lifted off at 12:09 p.m. Eastern from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.
The scheduled June 17 SpaceX launch of a GPS 3 satellite will be the first national security space mission to use a refurbished Falcon 9 booster.
BAE Systems announced May 18 it has been awarded a $325.5 million contract to supply GPS receiver equipment for the U.S. military and allies.
The U.S. Space Force this month will complete a design review of a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster that flew a military GPS satellite to orbit last fall. The booster will be cleared to fly another GPS satellite sometime in June.
BAE Systems announced on Feb. 17 that it won a $247 million contract to design and manufacture advanced GPS receivers.
The EGNOS GEO-4 payload, which improves the performance and accuracy of GPS and Galileo satellite navigation signals, will be hosted aboard a Eutelsat satellite slated to launch in 2022.
Space Policy Directive-7 highlights the United States’ ever growing dependence on space-based positioning, navigation and timing.
Germany has ordered jam-resistant Global Positioning System receivers from the United States military, becoming the first buyer of the advanced GPS user equipment under the Foreign Military Sales program.
Raytheon, L3Harris and BAE collectively received $552.5 million in contracts to develop and produce integrated circuit cards for military GPS receivers.
Gwynne Shotwell: "We are pleased that they see the benefits of the technology.”
Collins military GPS will be integrated into BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector.
Collins Aerospace, Raytheon and Technology Advancement Group were awarded contracts to develop military GPS handheld devices.
A committee charged with giving the U.S. government advice on space-based navigation services concluded that the FCC’s approval of Ligado’s 5G network is a “high-risk” decision that jeopardizes GPS services.
This was the first time SpaceX recovered a booster following a National Security Space Launch mission.