ITT Exelis completes key milestone for next-generation GPS III satellite constellation

  ITT Exelis completes key milestone for next-generation GPS III satellite

Business Wire

CLIFTON, N.J. -- October 04, 2012

ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has passed a major milestone for the U.S. Air Force’s
Global Positioning System III (GPS III) program. The company has successfully
completed acceptance testing of the navigation payload element for the GPS III
Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST), and shipped the pathfinder unit to prime
contractor Lockheed Martin’s facility near Denver, Colo., for thermal vacuum
testing and space vehicle integration.

In March 2012, Exelis announced that it had been awarded a $32 million
contract by Lockheed Martin to build the navigation payloads for GPS III space
vehicles three and four.

"The completion of this program milestone is testimony to the fact that we are
focused on delivering GPS III capabilities to meet the needs of more than 1
billion users worldwide,” said Mark Pisani, vice president and general
manager, Precision Instruments and Positioning, Navigation and Timing Systems,
ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems. “We are excited for the next step in this
program—delivering the Exelis navigation panel to Lockheed Martin for
integration into the space vehicle.”

Affordably replacing and improving the current GPS satellites, GPS III will
deliver better accuracy and improved anti-jamming power while enhancing the
spacecraft’s design life and adding a new civil signal designed to be
interoperable with international global navigation satellite systems.

“Completion of the GNST Navigation Panel Element is a very important milestone
for this program,” said Keoki Jackson, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s
Navigation Systems mission area. “This accomplishment was made possible by the
tremendous teamwork between ITT Exelis, Lockheed Martin, the Aerospace
Corporation and the U.S. Air Force. We look forward to integrating the panel
onto our pathfinder vehicle and continuing to reduce risk early in the
program, paving the way for very efficient and affordable satellite

For nearly 40 years, Exelis payloads and payload components have been on board
every GPS satellite and have accumulated more than 500 years of on-orbit life
without a single mission-related failure due to Exelis equipment.

The GPS III team is led by the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at the
U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the GPS
III prime contractor with teammates ITT Exelis, General Dynamics, Infinity
Systems Engineering, Honeywell, ATK and other subcontractors. Air Force Space
Command's 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force
Base, Colo., manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civil and
military users.

About ITT Exelis

ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and
information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging
global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and
surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and
information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite
aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year
legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers
worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for
managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean,
Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8


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