Tuesday July 16, 2013 0 commentsDENVER - Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed and is preparing to install the navigation, communication and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning Systems, known as GPS III, the company announced.
Seven antenna assemblies produced at Lockheed's Newtown, Pa. facility were delivered to the company's GPS III Processing Facility near Denver last month. The antennas will be installed on the first GPS III space vehicle - SV 01 - which Lockheed will deliver to the Air Force in 2014.
Lockheed said the new antennas will provide the satellite's capability to send and/or receive data for Earth coverage and military Earth coverage navigation.
The antenna designs will enable three to eight times greater anti-jamming signal power to be broadcast to military users across the globe compared to previous GPS generations, the company said.
"These antennas on the next generation of GPS III satellites will transmit data utilized by more than 1 billion users with navigation, positioning and timing needs," said Keoki Jackson, VP of Lockheed Martin's Navigation Systems mission area.
"We have become more reliant on GPS for providing signals that affect everything from cell phones and wristwatches, to shipping containers and commercial traffic to ATMs and financial transactions worldwide."
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