- Press Release
- Dec 5, 2022
Lockheed Martin Delivers First Modernized GPS Satellite to U.S. Air Force for May Launch
Lockheed Martin today announced that it has delivered the first
modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite to Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Fla., where it will be readied for a May launch. The satellite,
designated GPS IIR-M1, is the most technologically advanced GPS satellite ever
developed and will provide significantly improved navigation performance for
U.S. military and civilian users worldwide.
The satellite is the first in a series of eight GPS IIR satellites that
Lockheed Martin is modernizing for its customer at the Navstar GPS Joint
Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base,
“Delivery of the first modernized IIR satellite is a significant milestone
in the GPS mission,” said Dave Podlesney, Lockheed Martin GPS program
director. “We will now shift our focus to preparations for launch, and
achieving mission success for our customer, which will pave the way for
greatly increased navigation capabilities for our military personnel as well
as civil users worldwide.”
The current constellation of 30 GPS spacecraft includes 12 fully
operational Block IIR satellites, which were developed to improve global
coverage and increase the overall performance of the global positioning
system. The modernized series, designated GPS IIR-M, will offer a variety of
enhanced features for users of the navigation system, such as:
- A modernized antenna panel that will provide increased signal power to
GPS receivers on the ground.
- Two new military signals that will allow for improved accuracy,
enhanced encryption and anti-jamming performance for the military.
- A second civil signal that will provide civil users with an open access
signal on a different frequency.
The flexible design of the modernized spacecraft will enable GPS users to
experience these benefits after launch and operational turnover of the
The Global Positioning System enables properly equipped users to determine
precise time and velocity and worldwide latitude, longitude and altitude to
within a few meters. Air Force Space Command’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron
(2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., manages and operates the
GPS constellation for both civil and military users.
The modernized navigation payload is being built by ITT Industries in
Clifton, N.J. The satellite upgrades, along with final assembly, integration
and test are being performed at Lockheed Martin facilities in Valley Forge,
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000
people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems,
products and services. The corporation reported 2004 sales of $35.5 billion.
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