GPS III satellite will help modernize GPS constellation: Page 2 of 2

July 09, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
GPS III satellite will help modernize GPS constellation
Providing the GPS satellite constellation with a technology upgrade and more advanced capabilities, the second next-generation, Lockheed-Martin-built GPS III satellite – nick-named "Magellan" by the U.S. Air Force – is ready for its planned July 25 launch.

"More GPS III satellites are coming. If you looked at our production line back in Denver today you would see GPS III space vehicles 04, 05 and 06 already fully-assembled and in various stages of testing. And space vehicles 07 and 08 are being built up at the component assembly level now," Caldwell added. "It is a smooth, efficient, methodical process."

Lockheed Martin is under contract to develop and build up to 32 GPS III/IIIF satellites for the Air Force. GPS III will deliver three times better accuracy and provide up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities. GPS III's new L1C civil signal will make it the first GPS satellite to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems, like Galileo.

Additional GPS "IIIF" capabilities will begin being added at the 11th satellite. These will include a fully-digital navigation payload, a Regional Military Protection capability, an accuracy-enhancing laser retroreflector array, and a Search & Rescue payload.

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