Lockheed to support ground station for GPS worldwide system

Lockheed Martin has won a six-year, $104 million contract from the Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Center to sustain the ground control segment for the Global Positioning System satellite constellation, the company said Jan. 15.

Under the new contract, Lockheed Martin will furnish organizational and depot sustainment support, including support for command and control ground systems, systems engineering, and hardware and communications engineering. The company also will assist with space vehicle and ground equipment simulation and software testing and hardware maintenance. Overall, Lockheed Martin will be responsible for ensuring that the system maintains near 100 percent availability.

The GPS system, which delivers data worldwide, is crucial to sustaining the United States' space superiority and ensuring that precise position, navigation, and timing signals are available for worldwide strategic and tactical users across numerous domains. The control segment enables the Air Force Space Command 2nd Space Operations Squadron to perform on-orbit operational control of the GPS satellite constellation.

Lockheed Martin’s team includes small businesses Arctic Slope Research, ISYS Technologies, Overlook Systems Technologies and Tigua Technology Services. The team members will perform hardware engineering, software test, technical order management and systems administration functions. Also on the team is the Ogden Air Logistics Center, which will provide depot-level software maintenance and test support.

The contract runs from January 2013 through June 2019.



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