The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has confirmed that its experimental satellite NTS-3 will be launched by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan rocket in 2022. The satellite NTS-3 (Navigation Technology Satellite 3) is to test experimental technologies related to satellite navigation. In particular, technologies on this mission may be utilised on future GPS satellites.

Artist’s impression of Vulcan rocket launch. Courtesy: ULA


NTS-3 will be manifested with the classified USSF-106 mission for the United States Space Force. The Vulcan rocket is expected to undergo its maiden launch next year in 2021.