Until OCX is delivered, the Space Force will use the ground system known as Contingency Operations, or COps, made by Lockheed Martin.
The executive order signed Feb. 12 is titled “Strengthening National Resilience Through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Services.”
The April launch will be SpaceX’s second GPS 3 mission
The NTS-3 satellite developed by L3Harris for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has passed a preliminary design review.
DoD testing report: “We must thoroughly understand how our systems will perform in space."
DIU received 25 proposals for the Dismounted Assured PNT System
Gen. Murray: “We have to have multiple ways of getting PNT in the future battlefield because of the threat of jamming."
GAO predicts the OCX schedule will continue to slip. Raytheon: “The GAO findings are inaccurate.”
The Air Force Research Laboratory in 2022 will launch an experimental PNT satellite called NTS-3, short for Navigation Technology Satellite 3.
The bipartisan caucus will bring a central focus to GPS-related issues.
In its new annual report, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation credits the Air Force for making progress modernizing the Global Positioning System constellation, but warns that the disjointed management of the GPS enterprise of satellites, ground systems and user equipment continues to plague the program.
U.S. combatant commanders urgently need to solve pressing problems in Earth observation, missile warning and position, navigation and timing, said Chuck Finley, former technical director of the Operational Responsive Space and its successor the Air Force Space Rapid Capabilities.