The L3Harris-built Navigation Technology Satellite-3 (NTS-3) platform is on track for a critical design review (CDR) by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), after the GPS satellite testbed cleared a preliminary design review by air force officials in February.
"It is basically the forerunner for the next-generation of capability in GPS satellites," said Bill Gattle, president of space systems at L3Harris' space and airborne systems division.
The programme's development was financed under a 40-month contract with AFRL that began in February 2019, the company anticipating an NTS-3 launch date within the next two years, Gattle told Jane's on 18 February.
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