ATK delivered the initial two A2100 composite satellite structures and the first ship set of propellant tanks for the GPS III satellites Lockheed Martin is building for the Air Force marking the first major hardware delivery milestone in the program
“The GPS III program continues to meet major milestones on or ahead of schedule, and the delivery of the core structure and propellant tanks for the first GPS III space vehicle is another achievement demonstrating this program’s solid execution,” said Lt Col Don Frew, the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III program manager. “The joint U.S. Air Force and industry team understands the importance of GPS III and we are focused on delivering capabilities to meet the demands of more than one billion GPS users worldwide.”
“Through actively partnering with our customer, ATK was able to meet the program needs on a very aggressive schedule while maintaining the quality of the deliverables,” said Dave Shanahan, Vice President, ATK’s Space Structures & Components. “ATK’s role in this program is critical to ensuring the next generation GPS satellites are successful.”
The next generation GPS III satellites will deliver significant improvements including position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities, yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability, while adding a new international civil signal that is designed to be interoperable with other global navigation satellite systems.