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Lockheed Martin assembles third US Air Force GPS III satellite

27 November 2017

Key Points

  • Lockheed Martin assembled its third GPS III satellite
  • This is part of the process towards delivering the satellite to the USAF

Lockheed Martin in August fully integrated the US Air Force’s (USAF's) third Global Positioning System (GPS III) satellite into a complete space vehicle, according to a company statement.

Technicians successfully integrated the satellite’s major components – its system module, navigation, and propulsion core – into one fully assembled space vehicle. Now fully assembled, the third satellite (GPS III-3) is being prepared to start environmental testing.

GPS III-3 follows Lockheed Martin’s second satellite in production flow. GPS III-2 completed integration in May, finished acoustic testing in July, and moved into thermal vacuum (TVAC) testing in August.

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