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Air Force looking for new GPS III maker after Lockheed Martin misses deadline

by GPS4US 2014-06-13 10:33

News about the development of GPS III can seem pretty technical and, frankly, boring.

But this is kind of interesting, and sort of unexpected. Lockheed Martin, the company the U.S. Airforce
government tabbed to head the update of the current GPS satellite system, failed to deliver the first
GPS III satellites in time. Production delays were the reason Lockheed gave.

As a result, the Air Force is looking for another company to head up the program. Lockheed’s contract
for eight satellites is intact, but the Air Force is open to another company building remaining 22
spacecrafts that will complete the satellite system.

It’s not a surprise. We have not delivered on the first GPS III satellites,” said Lockheed spokesman
Chip Enschenfelder, while performing the most awkward part of a public relations shill’s job.

Lockheed’s contract for the first four satellites is for $1.4 billion.

So, if you’re a giant aerospace company, this is your chance to get a few billion dollars in your
pockets. Assuming you can do what Lockheed couldn’t, and hit the deadlines.

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