The First Advanced GPS III Satellite of the US Air Force Is Shipped for Launch
CANAVERAL, Fla., the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 27 August 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Lockheed Martin/The US Air Force’s first GPS III is shipped to Cape Canaveral, Florida before its launch in December 2018
Today the global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin announced that the company shipped last Monday, 20th August 2018, the first advanced new, higher-power, harder-to-jam GPS III satellite of the U.S. Air Force to Cape Canaveral, Florida before its expected launch in December 2018, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The first GPS III space vehicle (GPS III SV01) was designed and built near Denver, at Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility and was delivered from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, to the Cape on a massive Air Force C-17 aircraft.
Nine more new GPS II satellites under contract will be produced at Lockheed Martin.
Johnathon Caldwell, Lockheed Martin’s program manager for Navigation Systems, commented, “Once on orbit, the advanced technology of this first GPS III space vehicle will begin playing a major role in the Air Force’s plan to modernize the GPS satellite constellation. We are excited to start bringing GPS III’s new capabilities to the world and proud to continue to serve as a valued partner for the Air Force’s positioning, navigation and timing mission systems.”
GPS III will be the most powerful and resilient GPS satellite ever put on orbit. It has a completely new design and is intended for the U.S. and allied forces. Its accuracy will be three times greater and its anti-jamming capabilities will be up to eight times improved in comparison to the previous GPS II satellite design block.
GPS III also will be the first GPS satellite, which will broadcast the new L1C civil signal. The L1C signal is shared by other international global navigation satellite systems, like Galileo, and thus it will improve the future connectivity worldwide for commercial and civilian users.
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