LM team marks milestones for GPS III

March 31, 2009 at 3:32 PM
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NEWTOWN, Pa., March 31 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin announced that the development of its Global Positioning System spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force has successfully reached key milestones.

U.S. company Lockheed Martin is leading a team developing a next-generation GPS spacecraft for the Air Force. Company officials said the development of the spacecraft, called GPS III, continues to advance by successfully completing 61 of 71 subsystem and assembly milestones for the preliminary design review.

The Lockheed Martin team announced the developments of the GPS III, designed with next-generation anti-jam capabilities that advance system security, have taken place on schedule with the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Global Positioning Systems Wing in Los Angeles.

"The entire team is executing according to plan, achieving important design milestones and retiring risk for this critical program," Col. Dave Madden, the Air Force GPS Wing commander, said in a statement.

"Our steady progress is the result of a joint government-industry team focused on mission success and delivering the much-needed capabilities that GPS III will provide to users around the globe."

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