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GPS III Program - General Thread
« on: 01/11/2019 07:26 pm »
There have been many GPS III threads over the years but I didn't see any obvious place to post program updates and tie everything together.  If you notice any other GPS III/OCX threads lying around please post a link here.

Other GPS III Threads on NSF:
Boeing to Submit Proposal for Global Positioning System III (Jul. 2007)
Lockheed Martin on schedule for GPS III PDR (Mar. 2009)
U.S. Air Force Awards Contract to Lockheed Martin for GPS III Launch and Checkou (Jan. 2012)
GPS-III delays and cost over runs (Apr. 2012)
Lockheed Martin Team Completes dPDR for Next GPS III Satellite Capabilities (May 2013)
U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Contracts for Next Set of GPS III Sats (May 2013)
Thermal Vacuum Test Validates Lockheed Martin's GPS III Satellite Design (Feb. 2016)
LM/USAF Move Forward with Ground System Upgrade to Support Contingency GPS 3 Ops (Dec. 2016)
Air Force Plans $10 Billion GPS III Contest Amid Lockheed Delays (Nov. 2017)
Lockheed Martin Submits Proposal for U.S. Air Force's GPS IIIF Program (Apr. 2018)
Lockheed Martin awarded a $1,36 Billion contract for GPS IIIF SV 11 & 12 (Sep. 2018)

Launch Contracting Threads:
GPS III Launch Services Draft Request for Proposal Released (May 2015)
USAF releases GPS III launch RFP (Sep. 2015)
Next GPS III Launch Contest Begins (Aug. 2016)
Draft RFP for six AF launches (FA8811-17-R-0004) May 3, 2017 (May 2017)
RFP For Five Air Force Launches : GPS x 3, AFSPC-8, AFSPC-12 (FA8811-17-R-0004) (Jul. 2017)

Launch Mission Threads:
SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV01 : SLC-40 : Dec. 23, 2018 - DISCUSSION
ULA Delta IV : GPS III SV02 : SLC-37 : Aug. 22, 2019
SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III-3 : Cape Canaveral : April 2020
SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV04 : 2020

Update on ground control systems
[Space News] Air Force to upgrade existing GPS ground control system while next-generation OCX lags
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The Air Force on Dec. 21 announced a $462 million contract award to Lockheed Martin to continue the modernization of the GPS ground control system that the company has been maintaining since 2013. The upgrades will allow the Air Force to operate the GPS 3 constellation with the existing ground system until 2025, Lockheed Martin said in a Jan. 10 news release.
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The upgrades that Lockheed Martin will make to the legacy ground control system ensure that the positioning, navigation and timing missions of the new GPS 3 constellation can be performed with or without OCX.
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The upgraded system will support the military M-code, a secure anti-jam GPS signal that the Air Force plans to deploy in 2020. Lockheed Martin said the improvements include engineering modifications to the ground control system, including antennas and information networks. The upgrades funded in this contract will cover six Air Force GPS monitoring sites.
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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #1 on: 04/05/2020 09:19 pm »
Raytheon to replace OCX hardware by 2022 for $378 million, dated March 31

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Under the agreement, Raytheon was awarded a $378 million modification to its existing OCX contract to remove the system’s IBM computers and install new Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) hardware.

“The contract modification will require Raytheon to replace IBM equipment with HPE equipment for all OCX Block 1 deliverable environments” by April 30, 2022, said the March 31 contract announcement.

Total cumulative value of Raytheon's OCX contract = $3.7 billion
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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #2 on: 06/30/2020 01:26 am »
Cross post re: GPS III-4 launch and following GPS III satellites:
This was in a recent GAO report on DoD programs[published and publicly released on June 3, 2020]:
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Additionally, the office stated that the third GPS III satellite arrived in in Florida in preparation for a no earlier-than June 2020 launch; the fourth GPS III satellite is on track for a late 2020 launch; and satellites five through 10 are in various stages of production.

I know they said earlier this year that they were still intending to launch three GPS sats this year, but I'll be really shocked if that happens.  There doesn't seem to be any urgent reason to rush the launches.  Last time I looked the launch for SV06 wasn't even funded yet.
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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #3 on: 06/30/2020 10:07 am »
Cross post re: GPS III-4 launch and following GPS III satellites:
This was in a recent GAO report on DoD programs[published and publicly released on June 3, 2020]:
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Additionally, the office stated that the third GPS III satellite arrived in in Florida in preparation for a no earlier-than June 2020 launch; the fourth GPS III satellite is on track for a late 2020 launch; and satellites five through 10 are in various stages of production.

I know they said earlier this year that they were still intending to launch three GPS sats this year, but I'll be really shocked if that happens.  There doesn't seem to be any urgent reason to rush the launches.  Last time I looked the launch for SV06 wasn't even funded yet.

Are you sure SV06 is not funded ?

SV08 is already built : https://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2215676/gps-iii-sv-08-core-mate-complete-space-vehicle-named-for-nasa-trailblazer/

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #4 on: 06/30/2020 01:39 pm »
Cross post re: GPS III-4 launch and following GPS III satellites:
This was in a recent GAO report on DoD programs[published and publicly released on June 3, 2020]:
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Additionally, the office stated that the third GPS III satellite arrived in in Florida in preparation for a no earlier-than June 2020 launch; the fourth GPS III satellite is on track for a late 2020 launch; and satellites five through 10 are in various stages of production.

I know they said earlier this year that they were still intending to launch three GPS sats this year, but I'll be really shocked if that happens.  There doesn't seem to be any urgent reason to rush the launches.  Last time I looked the launch for SV06 wasn't even funded yet.

Are you sure SV06 is not funded ?

SV08 is already built : https://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2215676/gps-iii-sv-08-core-mate-complete-space-vehicle-named-for-nasa-trailblazer/

This is the contract for launches 4-6.  The third launch hasn't been committed yet.  There was a mention somewhere from the Air Force that they still needed to get funding for it.  (I also think the total amount shown there might be an error, I mentioned that in a previous post in one of the GPS or manifest threads.)

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #5 on: 07/01/2020 02:05 am »
U.S. military makes adjustments in GPS launch to allow for SpaceX booster landing, dated June 29
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The military has contracted with SpaceX to launch the fourth, fifth and sixth GPS 3 satellites. Assuming the launch of GPS SV03 goes according to plan, the SV04 mission could launch from Cape Canaveral on a Falcon 9 rocket as soon as Sept. 30, according to the Space and Missile Systems Center.

The GPS SV05 spacecraft is scheduled for launch on a Falcon 9 rocket in January.
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[Tonya Ladwig, acting vice president of Lockheed Martin’s navigation systems division] said the GPS 3 SV04 and SV05 spacecraft are complete and in storage awaiting launch, and the next three satellites are fully assembled and undergoing environmental testing. SV09 and SV10 are currently being assembled at Lockheed Martin’s GPS satellite factory near Denver.
All 10 GPS III s/c are accounted for.
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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #6 on: 07/01/2020 08:47 am »
Cross post re: GPS III-4 launch and following GPS III satellites:
This was in a recent GAO report on DoD programs[published and publicly released on June 3, 2020]:
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Additionally, the office stated that the third GPS III satellite arrived in in Florida in preparation for a no earlier-than June 2020 launch; the fourth GPS III satellite is on track for a late 2020 launch; and satellites five through 10 are in various stages of production.

I know they said earlier this year that they were still intending to launch three GPS sats this year, but I'll be really shocked if that happens.  There doesn't seem to be any urgent reason to rush the launches.  Last time I looked the launch for SV06 wasn't even funded yet.

Are you sure SV06 is not funded ?

SV08 is already built : https://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2215676/gps-iii-sv-08-core-mate-complete-space-vehicle-named-for-nasa-trailblazer/

Ok, understand. You were speaking of launch contracts, not satellites. Sorry.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #8 on: 07/15/2020 03:30 am »
“[The author] has no financial affiliation with Ligado networks”

I am sure this is technically correct, yet somehow that article still *screams* paid piece.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #9 on: 12/09/2020 04:53 pm »
Saw this in my emails:
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All CGSIC,

GPS satellite SVN-77 (PRN-14) was set healthy for initial use on 02 December at 0131Z.  SVN-77 is the fourth of a new generation of GPS satellites and the 23rd satellite to broadcast L2C, the second civil GPS signal at 1227.6 MHz.  L2C is not yet designated as "Operational" by the U.S. Space Force.  However, the L2C signal is set to Healthy and users may utilize this signal at their own risk.  SVN-77 is the 16th satellite to begin broadcasting the third civil GPS signal, L5, specifically designed for aviation use in an internationally  protected band of spectrum designated for aeronautical navigation at 1176.45 MHz.  L5 continues to broadcast an Unhealthy designation.   SVN-77 is the fourth satellite broadcasting the new L1C signal at 1575.42 MHz.

The next GPS III satellite, SVN-78, initially scheduled to launch in January, reportedly will now launch no earlier than 01 July 2021.

Rick Hamilton
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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #10 on: 12/11/2020 01:42 am »
https://spacenews.com/lockheed-martin-gets-511-million-contract-for-two-gps-satellites/

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The latest contract is for space vehicles 13 and 14. The $511 million price for satellites 13 and 14 is lower than satellites 11 and 12 because the $1.3 billion 2018 contract included development costs. 

SMC purchased GPS 3F space vehicles 13 and 14 after the satellite passed a critical design review earlier this year. “The program employed an intensive yearlong process which validated the GPS 3F design as a low risk,” said the spokesperson.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #11 on: 02/24/2021 10:57 pm »
https://spacenews.com/l3harris-gets-136-million-contract-for-gps-digital-payloads/

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L3Harris Technologies announced Feb. 23 it has received a $137 million contract from Lockheed Martin for four digital payloads for GPS navigation satellites.

The navigation payload mission data units are for the next-generation GPS satellites known as GPS 3 Follow-on or GPS 3F, made by Lockheed Martin.

Looks like MDUs for GPS IIIF SV13-16

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #12 on: 03/01/2021 12:22 am »
SN, Lockheed Martin to upgrade GPS satellites for in-orbit servicing, February 26

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Lockheed Martin expects the third satellite of the GPS 3F line will have the upgraded [redesigned LM2100 commercial] bus, Brown said during a panel discussion at the Air Force Association’s aerospace warfare virtual symposium.

Eric Brown, senior director of military space mission strategy at Lockheed Martin, during a panel discussion at the Air Force Association’s aerospace warfare virtual symposium on February 25:
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We are going to have the capability to enable on-orbit docking, which will allow us to do on-orbit upgrades for bringing in a new processor, bringing in new sensor technologies, things like that, that permit us to increase the relevance and the mission capability of a space platform.
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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #13 on: 06/14/2021 09:57 am »
https://www.saffm.hq.af.mil/Portals/84/documents/FY22/PROCUREMENT_/FY22%20DAF%20J-Book%20-%203022%20-%20SF%20Proc.pdf?ver=NEFQ6zdjfeGcJFeAdv_97g%3d%3d#page=49
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SV06 has a projected AFL of April 2021 and a projected ILC of November 2021. SV07 has a projected AFL of May 2021 and a projected ILC of March 2022. SV08 has a projected AFL of July 2021 and a projected ILC of July 2022.
FY 2022 funding increases from FY 2021 due to a need for funds for SV09/10 production & launch readiness.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #14 on: 06/15/2021 06:49 am »
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1404459221853298690

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Lockheed Martin VP Tonya Ladwig says the company has the next three GPS III satellites "lined up and ready to be called" for launch at its Denver production facility.

Looks like SV06-08 are AFL

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #15 on: 06/15/2021 10:37 am »
Isn't it time to choose LV for SV07-08?

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #16 on: 06/15/2021 01:49 pm »
Isn't it time to choose LV for SV07-08?

It’s already been chosen, they just haven’t awarded it officially yet.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #17 on: 06/15/2021 09:22 pm »
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Date/Site/Launch Time: Thursday, June 17th, 2021, GPSIII-05 (SVN-78/PRN-11 will launch from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  A 15-minute launch window opens at 1209 pm Eastern Daylight Time (1609-1624 UTC).

Rocket/Payload: SpaceX Falcon 9 reused booster. GPSIII-05 mission for the U.S. Space Force.

It should be noted that the Space Force will be performing an extended navigation test with SVN-78/PRN-11 so the satellite is not expected to be set healthy to users until sometime in September 2021.

Constellation Changes:

The U.S Space Force Second Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) indicates that GPSIII-05, SVN-78/PRN-11, will replace SVN-61/PRN-28 in the D plane at slot D1.  SVN-61 will be re-phased to optimize its position in the D plane.  GPSIII-4/SVN77/PRN-14, launched 05 November 2020 was set healthy on 02 December 2020 replacing SVN-44/PRN-28 at B3.  SVN-44/PRN-28 was moved to GLAN 31.64 to optimize its position within B-Plane.  On 10 November 2020, SVN-46 was moved into a residual status in LADO making PRN-11 available for use on SVN-78.  SVN-46, launched on 07 October of 1999, has been an "Iron Bird" workhorse in the D-plane and has successfully served the world's GPS users for over 20 years. This is over 12 years past its designed service life, having operationally outlasted (and in many cases, outperformed) many of its peers on-orbit, testament to quality engineering and the diligent efforts of the men and women of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Space Force.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #18 on: 06/18/2021 08:50 pm »
https://www.gpsworld.com/spacex-launches-gps-satellite-to-provide-pnt-services/
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In addition, GPS III SV09 was coremated, meaning it reached a major production milestone in which two major satellite components – the mission module and the propulsion core – are paired to form one space vehicle. The GPS III SV10 currently is in the component build up stage.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #19 on: 06/19/2021 05:25 am »
For those who don't what these acronyms mean (like myself).

AFL = Available for Launch
ILC = Initial Launch Capability
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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #20 on: 06/21/2021 11:30 pm »
https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-21-222.pdf
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While the GPS III program has reported improvements in contractor manufacturing processes over the past few years, the sixth GPS III satellite encountered failures in multiple assemblies during testing, which delayed the satellite’s projected delivery by 8 months to April 2021. Consequently, Lockheed Martin conducted rework on various assemblies, such as the onboard computer and one of the satellite’s atomic clocks. Due to the level of rework, the program carried out an additional thermal vacuum test of the satellite following reassembly. Program officials reported the satellite successfully completed this testing in October 2020.

Additionally, the progam identified schedule risks to the delivery of the eighth GPS III satellite in December 2021 and the 10th in May 2023. Assembly delivery delays and rework requirements for the program’s prior satellites indicate these satellites may face similar delays. Of particular concern is the potential for rework to the satellite’s remote interface units—components that serve as “routers” between the various assemblies within the satellite—given that four earlier GPS III satellites already required similar rework. Program officials stated that Lockheed Martin and its subcontactors have been working to address this risk through efforts in both the production and inspection of these components.
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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #21 on: 08/03/2021 03:37 am »
Military communications payloads could hitchhike on future GPS satellites

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The next generation of Global Positioning System satellites could host additional payloads to provide communications services, the U.S. Space Force said in a request for information.

The RFI issued last month by the Space and Missile Systems Center asks contractors to pitch ideas for hosting communications payloads on GPS 3F satellites, the newest version of GPS currently being developed by Lockheed Martin.

GPS satellites provide positioning, navigation and timing data. The Space Force is now deploying GPS 3 satellites. The first of the more advanced GPS 3F version is projected to launch in 2026. These new satellites will have more room and power to support hosted payloads.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #22 on: 11/11/2021 09:33 pm »
U.S. Space Force buys three new GPS satellites from Lockheed Martin [dated Nov. 11]

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force has ordered three GPS 3F satellites from Lockheed Martin for $737 million.

The Space Force on Oct. 22 exercised an option to purchase the satellites under a previously awarded contract, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson told SpaceNews Nov. 11.

This is the third contract option awarded to Lockheed Martin under a 2018 agreement worth $7.2 billion for up to 22 satellites  The first was a $1.3 billion order in September 2018 for two GPS 3Fs (space vehicles 11 and 12) and the second in October 2020 was a $511 million contract option for two satellites (space vehicles 13 and 14).

The new contract option is for GPS 3F space vehicles 15, 16 and 17. GPS 3F is the newest version of the U.S. satellites that provide global positioning, navigation and timing services.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #23 on: 11/29/2022 12:44 am »
Fourth contract option has been exercised:

Space Force orders three GPS satellites for $744 million [dated Nov. 28]

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The U.S. Space Force announced Nov. 28 it has ordered three GPS 3F satellites from Lockheed Martin for $744 million.

The Space Force exercised the fourth contract option awarded to Lockheed Martin under a 2018 agreement worth $7.2 billion for up to 22 satellites 

The first was a $1.3 billion order in September 2018 for two GPS 3Fs (space vehicles 11 and 12); the second in October 2020 was a $511 million contract option for two satellites (space vehicles 13 and 14); and the third for space vehicles 15, 16 and 17, worth $737 million.

The new contract option covers GPS 3F space vehicles 18, 19 and 20.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #24 on: 11/29/2022 04:10 am »
SV11/12 $650M each
SV13/14 $256M each
SV15..17 $246M each
SV18..20 $248M each

Cost has gone up slightly since the last order, probably due to inflation.
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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #25 on: 01/18/2023 05:14 pm »
Lockheed Martin has completed production on its original GPS III SV1-10 contract, with the Space Force declaring SV10 Available for Launch on Dec. 8, 2022. GPS III SV06 will soon join SV01-05 in orbit. GPS III SV07-10 are completed and in storage at the company's facility waiting for the U.S. Space Force to call them up for launch.

With the last GPS III satellite complete and ready to launch, production of the first GPS IIIF vehicle is underway.

https://news.lockheedmartin.com/2023-01-18-Sixth-GPS-III-Satellite-Built-by-Lockheed-Martin-Launches-As-Part-of-Constellation-Modernization,1

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #26 on: 03/13/2023 09:46 pm »
Space Force pauses GPS satellite orders due to excess inventory [dated Mar. 13]

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With several GPS satellites in storage awaiting launch opportunities, the U.S. Space Force decided to press pause on new orders, the top Air Force budget official said March 13.

The Space Force in last year’s budget was projecting to order two Global Positioning System GPS 3F satellites from Lockheed Martin, but they were removed from the 2024 budget because they’re not needed, Maj. Gen. Michael Greiner, deputy assistant secretary for budget for the Department of the Air Force, said at a Pentagon news conference.

“We have a strong, healthy GPS constellation, and we have a little bit of a backlog with launch capability,” said Greiner. “So we think this was a low-risk move to help free up resources.”

He said the Space Force reallocated that funding to its missile-warning constellations, which are getting a big increase in the 2024 budget.

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #27 on: 03/13/2023 10:06 pm »
A backlog in launch capability? Or is it really that the ground segment for GPS III still isn't operational today despite the first satellite of this block launching back in 2018?

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Re: GPS III Program - General Thread
« Reply #28 on: 03/13/2023 10:13 pm »
A backlog in launch capability? Or is it really that the ground segment for GPS III still isn't operational today despite the first satellite of this block launching back in 2018?
My read and with discussions with people who use to work on the project. AFAIU:
The programme was identified for the deficit spending reductions programme because existing older generation satellites are being retired before fuel reserve depletion and hardware failure and their are many satellites in storage from GPS-3 so by stopping work and changing the programme type to a build-on-demand scheme then you save on incurred storage costs in sacrifice of price for a bulk sat order when they switch to per sat pricing.
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