US Space Force orders three new GPS 3F spacecraft from Lockheed Martin

by | Nov 24, 2021 | Military space, Satellites

The US Space Force has confirmed an order signed by the US Air Force under an overarching multisatellite agreement for three new GPS 3F spacecraft for the US military/civil navigation satellite constellation.  The contract awarded to Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the LM1300 bus/platform-based spacecraft is US$737 million.  The original GPS IIIF overall agreement was signed in 2018 was for development costs for up to 22 satellites worth US$7.2 billion. The first of these 22 “options” was converted to an order worth US$1.2 billion for two spacecraft GPS IIIF-1 (SV11) and GPS IIIF-2 (SV12).This was added to by a two spacecraft order in October 2020 for two more – GPS IIIF-3 (SV13) and GPS IIIF-4 (SV14).  This new order is for space vehicles GPS IIIF-5, -6  and -8 (SV15, 16 and 17) respectively.  It is noted by commentators that the unit price of the spacecraft appears to be coming down.

Artists impression of GPS IIIF spacecraft. Courtesy: Lockheed Martin



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