Next gen GPS III testbed delivered to Air Force

Lockheed Martin said it has delivered a prototype of the next-generation GPS satellite, the GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed, to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The company said July 19 that GNST will now begin space vehicle processing activities and other testing for the U.S. Air Force.

Prior to arrival, GNST completed a series of high-fidelity tests at Lockheed Martin's GPS III Processing Facility in Denver, Colo.

The next-generation navigation satellite has completed development, test and production process phases for the GPS III program. The pre-launch work is intended to improve production predictability while reducing program costs. GNST is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral in 2015.

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