Lockheed Martin Powers On The First GPS III Satellite

            Lockheed Martin Powers On The First GPS III Satellite

PR Newswire

DENVER, Feb. 28, 2013

DENVER, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team
developing the U.S. Air Force's next generation Global Positioning System III
satellites has turned on power to the system module of the program's first
spacecraft, designated GPS III Space Vehicle One (SV-1). The milestone is a
key indication the team is on track to deliver the first satellite for launch
availability in 2014.

The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while
improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and
civilian users. GPS III satellites 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.

"This milestone is the latest in a series of critical events signifying that
our joint government and industry GPS III team is performing efficiently and
meeting its commitments," said Lt Col Todd Caldwell, the U.S. Air Force's GPS
III program manager.

Successfully powering on GPS III SV-1 demonstrates mechanical integration,
validates the satellite's interfaces and leads the way for electrical and
integrated hardware-software testing. The satellite will complete its
Assembly, Integration and Test (AI&T) in Lockheed Martin's new GPS Processing
Facility (GPF) designed for efficient and affordable satellite production.
Like in aircraft or automobile manufacturing, each GPS III satellite will move
through sequential work stations for various AI&T operations, culminating with
shipment to the launch site.

"Turning power on to the first GPS III satellite is a major milestone for the
team," said Keoki Jackson, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Navigation
Systems mission area. "The successful integration of the first satellite's
system module follows on the heels of our pathfinder GPS III Non-Flight
Satellite Testbed (GNST), and demonstrates the great value of the investments
made by the Air Force to implement low-risk spacecraft acquisition. In this
challenging budget environment, we are focused on delivering the critical GPS
III capabilities to users affordably and on schedule."

Lockheed Martin is currently under contract for production of the first four
GPS III satellites, and advanced procurement funding of long-lead components
for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth satellites. The Air Force plans to
purchase up to 32 GPS III satellites.

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.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and
services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Note to Editors:
GPS III video and high-resolution images are available for download at
www.lockheedmartin.com/gps

Media Contact:
Michael Friedman
303-971-7255
michael.1.friedman@lmco.com 

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

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