Two will be launched into geosynchronous orbit this year, to keep a close eye on other countries’ satellites and space debris.
GPS Block IIF satellites continue to replace aging satellites, while the Air Force prepares for the next-generation GPS III.
Budget pressures, bandwidth demand and technical innovations in the private sector should lead the military to commercial options.
The potential for spoofing and jamming is prompting a look at old and new technologies.
Exelis and Lockheed Martin continue to deal with navigational payload problems.
Northrop Grumman is incorporating Trex Enterprises’ celestial navigation technology — a highly refined version of the technique used by the earliest sailors — into its laser targeting systems to improve their accuracy.
Agency COO Ellen McCarthy discusses activity-based intelligence, the ICITE framework, the Map of the World and other aspects of NGA’s five-year plan.
Concerned about the soaring cost of access to space, the R&D agency is investigating re-usable rockets and space planes along with modular “satlets” as part of an on-orbit repair service.