SpaceX has won a $96.5 million GPS satellite launch contract defeating United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing, the US Air Force said on Tuesday.
This is the second GPS satellite launch contract awarded by the Air Force to SpaceX. United Launch Alliance, however, did not bid for the first GPS launch contract, which was awarded in April 2016. At the time, the Air Force said SpaceX's $83 million bid was about 40 percent less than what the military had been paying United Launch Alliance for previously awarded contracts, Reuters reported Wednesday.
The GPS launch contracts won by SpaceX cover production of a Falcon 9 launch vehicle, mission integration, launch operations and spaceflight certification, the Air Force said in a statement. The launch, slated for February 2019, is intended to put the third member of the next-generation GPS satellite network into orbit. SpaceX won certification from the Air Force in 2015 to compete for military and national security space launches, breaking United Launch Alliance’s 10-year monopoly.
An Israeli cyber-security company GPSdome is marketing a miniature GPS anti-jammer to prevent disruptions to GPS. The pocket-sized gadget protects GPS based systems from disturbances at a more affordable cost than comparable military appliances, according to the firm
The Canadian Army has completed testing NovAtel's GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) in live-firing conditions on the M777C1 Howitzer. The trial was conducted at Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba under the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) of Public Services and Procurement Canada (formerly referred to as Public Works and Government Services Canada), the company said in a statement Thursday
Korean Aerospace Research Institute will sign a $40 million deal with French Thales for the joint development of a new augmentation system for global positioning systems that will greatly reduce the scope and rate of errors in existing GPS. The signing will be done on Wednesday to jointly develop a new and advanced Satellite Based Augmentation System for GPS by 2021, according to the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Yonhap reported Tuesday
The US Air Force has awarded multiple contracts worth total $739 million for launch missions under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, announced Tuesday evening by the Department of defense. The first contract worth over $441 million is awarded to United Launch Services (ULS) to deliver the SILENTBARKER, SBIRS GEO-5, and SBIRS GEO-6 missions to their intended orbits
US space transport services company SpaceX launched a super-secretive US government payload into orbit from its Falcon 9 rocket in the early hours of January 8. The Falcon lifted off at 8 p
The Indonesian National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN) is considering help from space-faring nations such as India and Japan to build its first satellite launching station and kick-start its space program. Head of LAPAN Thomas Djamaluddin said detailed planning of satellite launch station development is being done, including considering cooperation with other countries in the process as the required fund is very big, complicated and require more experienced human resources,
Chinas home-made BeiDou Navigation System was successfully tested aboard an ARJ21-700 commercial airliner on Saturday. The test was carried out by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC)
SpaceX has launched the US Air Forces super-secret space shuttle on Thursday. This is the fifth flight for the unmanned Falcon rocket, known as X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle,
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