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Lockheed completes integration of first GPS III spacecraft

Lockheed Martin recently fully integrated the U.S. Air Force’s first next generation GPS III satelliteUS: Lockheed Martin recently completed the GPS III space vehicle one (SV 01) by lowering the US Air Force’s first next generation GPS III satellite into its propulsion core. According to Lockheed Martin, the GPS III will provide three times better accuracy and up to eight times better anti-jamming capabilities than the satellites launched today.

The satellite will also improve spacecraft life by 15 years, marking a 25 percent improvement from current satellites. GPS III will be the first GPS satellite to be interoperable with other international global navigation systems, due to its L1C civil signal. The system module includes the navigation payload, which executes the primary positioning, navigation, and timing mission. All satellite operations are managed by the electrons which are housed in the functional bus. The propulsion core enables the satellite to move around in orbit.

Source: Lockheed Martin