MELBOURNE, Fla. Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) in Melbourne, Fla., has delivered to Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) the third of 10 advanced navigation payloads, engineered to increase accuracy, signal power, and jamming resistance for U.S. Air Force GPS III satellites, which will benefit military, general, and commercial aviation from aircraft cockpits to air traffic control towers.
The advanced navigation payloads feature a Mission Data Unit (MDU) with a unique 70-percent digital design that links atomic clocks, radiation-hardened computers and powerful transmitters – enabling signals three times more accurate than those on current GPS satellites. The new payloads also boost satellite signal power, increase jamming resistance by eight times and help extend the satellite’s lifespan.
Harris navigation payloads already are integrated in the second GPS III space vehicle, now in environmental testing, and the first GPS III satellite (pictured here), expected to launch in 2018. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Our payloads help U.S. and allied soldiers complete their missions, enable billions of dollars in commerce, and benefit the everyday lives of millions of people around the world.” says Bill Gattle, president, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems.
The payload is expected to be integrated into GPS III Space Vehicle 3 (GPS III SV03) this summer. In May, Harris’ second GPS III navigation payload was integrated into GPS III SV02. The first navigation payload is integrated aboard GPS III SV01, which has now completed rigorous testing and is in storage awaiting its expected 2018 launch.
“We are now in full production and on target to deliver the fourth GPS III navigation payload to Lockheed Martin this fall,” Gattle adds.
Harris has a long legacy of creating and sending GPS signals, extending back to the mid-1970s, providing navigation technology for every U.S. GPS satellite ever launched, officials say. Harris is also developing a digital MDU for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III Space Vehicles 11+ acquisition. This new MDU will be demonstrated in fall 2017 and provides even greater flexibility, affordability and accuracy versus existing GPS satellites.
Harris Corporation is solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform, and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems.
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