AFSPC And Lockheed Martin Unveil GPS III Model

Image Credit: U.S. Air Force

Image Credit: U.S. Air Force

October 16, 2015 – General John Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command, and Mr. Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President, Space Systems, unveiled a model of the GPS III this morning at Space Command headquarters. The model was a gift from Lockheed Martin to the Air Force.

GPS III space vehicle one (SV 01) is the first of a new, advanced GPS satellite design block for the Air Force. GPS III will deliver three times better accuracy, provide up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities and extend spacecraft life to 15 years, 25 percent longer than the satellites launching today. GPS III’s new L1C civil signal also will make it the first GPS satellite interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems.

Lockheed Martin is currently under contract to build eight GPS III satellites at its GPS III Processing Facility near Denver, a factory specifically designed to streamline satellite production.

The GPS III team is led by the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Air Force Space Command’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civil and military users.