GPS

August 30, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, test the new positioning technology being developed by Echo Ridge.

The military is developing a new battlefield tool that will help ground forces navigate hostile territory without the susceptibility of GPS platforms. Instead, warfighters will use radio frequency signals as a source of positioning information. To display navigational solutions on a map, the tool connects to a smartphone running the Air Force’s Android Tactical Assault Kit.

In conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Sterling, Virginia-based Echo Ridge LLC is designing the technology to fit in a small, low-power package that can be carried by ground operators, according to Mark Smearcheck, an electronics engineer with the AFRL Sensors Directorate.

August 14, 2017

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $45,482,492 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00450) for military code (M-Code) early use software. The contract will enable M-Code tasking, monitoring and signal in space for current and future global positioning system satellites. Work will be performed in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 2019. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $15,300,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8807-08-C-0010).

April 7, 2017

Honeywell International Inc., Clearwater, Florida, has been awarded a $30,435,442 undefinitized contract action modification (FA8540-17-F-0012) to previously awarded contract (FA8540-13-D-0002). Contractor will provide for The Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) and Inertial Navigation System-Modernization (EGI-M) technology maturation and risk reduction technical services. Work will be performed at Clearwater, Florida, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2018. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,995,741 are being obligated at the time of award.

February 13, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate has announced an opportunity for manufacturers of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment used in critical infrastructure to test their products against GPS jamming and spoofing.

The GPS Testing for Critical Infrastructure (GET-CI) event, to be held April 17-21, at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, is the first in a series of test opportunities.

January 27, 2017

The Coast Guard's Command, Control and Communications Engineering Center (C3CEN) awarded a contract to FLIR Maritime U.S. Inc., of Nashua, New Hampshire, on Wednesday for the Scalable Integrated Navigation System, Two (SINS-2). The single award firm fixed price indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract is valued at $50 million and consists of a five-year base with a five-year option. The total period of performance is 10 years.

 SINS-2 is a suite of commercially available electronic equipment and sensors consisting of low-power radar/chart plotter, multifunction displays, single-frequency Global Positioning System and other required navigation components.

September 19, 2016

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $44,136,550 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Global Positioning System Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Modules Lightning Strikes program. Work will be performed at El Segundo, California, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to 57 partner nations. The Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8807-16-D-0002).

August 15, 2016

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $52,578,245 task order for modernization of the Miniature Airborne Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver 2000 (MAGR-2K) to incorporate required Department of Defense and civil mandates to design, test and deliver a military code (M-Code)/automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast capable and to generate and deliver a formal engineering change proposal to the baseline configuration.

May 25, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Project iVe has its roots in a previous Department of Homeland Security and Berla Corporation program known as Blackthorn, which focused on gathering data from navigation devices such as Garmin, TomTom and Magellan.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security researchers are pursuing possible partnerships—both domestically and internationally—to continue developing a toolkit that provides access to the digital data stored by cars used in crimes, including terrorist acts.

June 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Global geographic information systems (GIS) company Esri has made What3words available across its ArcGIS platform as a locator, offering a simplified addressing system for computers and mobile devices. What3words marks locations using three easy-to-remember words.

A tiny London-based firm has a way with words, particularly when they are arranged in groups of three. It has parsed the planet into 3-meter-by-3-meter (about 10-foot-by-10-foot) squares in a global addressing system, applying an algorithmic engine to assign three-word identifiers to each and every one of the 57 trillion squares that compose a global map.

May 18, 2016

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $13,501,251 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the On-Orbit Reprogrammable Digital Waveform Generator (ORDWG) program. The contractor will perform the research and development activities necessary to define and validate an ORDWG design and architecture that is capable of all current and projected navigation signals and modulations and will operate securely in a contested cyber environment. Work will be performed at Redondo Beach, California, and is expected to be completed by November 24, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with nine offers received.

March 30, 2016

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $20,618,850 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00039-11-C-0089) for the Global Positioning System (GPS) Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Service (GPNTS).

March 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Across the Defense Department positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) communities, researchers strive to develop real-time PNT solutions that are as reliable as GPS to overcome vulnerabilities posed when forces operate in a GPS-denied environment.

The world’s most well-known navigation and positioning system is just so good, researchers are looking for alternatives.

Government scientists and industry partners are exploring miniaturized battery-powered atomic clocks, Earth-based satellites, jam-resistant antennas and cameras as navigational systems to reduce risk from overdependence on the Global Positioning System (GPS). 

March 1, 2016
By David Jedynak
The key enabling capability provided for PNT is through the signal transmissions from GPS satellites.

In one way or another, everyone depends on the Global Positioning System, or GPS, to smooth the way they live their daily lives. Already, the United States has more than 30 active GPS satellites that feed data to bolster the ubiquitous ecosystem of connected smartphones and other devices that facilitates comings and goings—whether circumnavigating traffic delays or directing users to the precise location for a steaming cup of coffee. 

March 1, 2016
By George I. Seffers
The final GPS IIR-M satellite was launched in August 2009. A critical GPS governance committee is weighing the possibility of augmenting GPS with an enhanced long-range navigation system, similar to the GPS predecessor first developed during World War II.

When it meets this summer, the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing likely will discuss reviving an enhanced version of a World War II timing system to augment signals from global navigation satellites. Portions of the nation’s critical infrastructure, including defense, transportation and finance sectors, depend on those signals, which are potentially vulnerable to a wide range of threats, including wartime adversaries, terrorists, hackers, natural phenomena and commercially available but illegal jammers. 

February 5, 2016

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $96,040,000 undefinitized contract action modification (P00377) to previously awarded contract FA8807-08-C-0010. Contractor will provide Global Positioning System (GPS) III contingency operations services and supplies to modify the current GPS control segment to operate all GPS III satellites that are launched prior to the transition to the Next Generation Operational Control System. Furthermore, this action will buy GPS III satellite vehicle simulation modules, GPS Simulator and updates to the GPS Positional Training Emulator.

February 4, 2016

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $9,644,500 firm-fixed-price, commercial, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Contractor will acquire Global Positioning System selective availability anti-spoofing modules and single chip module with memory in support to 57 allied nations. Work will be performed at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2021. This award is 100 percent foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. The Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8807-16-D-0001).

 

May 8, 2015

L-3 Communications IEC, Anaheim, California, has been awarded an $18,207,336 modification (P00029) to previously awarded contract FA8807-12-C-0011 for military Global Positioning System (GPS) user equipment (MGUE). Contractor will accelerate the MGUE program through the addition of pre-prototype receiver card deliveries and test support activities to enable faster fielding of M-Code capable GPS receivers to the warfighter. Work will be performed at Anaheim, California, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $8,266,297 are being obligated at the time of award.

March 5, 2015

Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a $25,341,311 modification (P00014) to previously awarded contract FA8807-14-C-0005 for up to 6-months extension for systems engineering and integration. Contractor will provide systems engineering and integration support for the Global Positioning Systems program. Work will be performed at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 2, 2015. Fiscal year 2015 research, development, test and evaluation and missile procurement funds in the amount of $8,382,670 are being obligated at the time of award. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

 

January 27, 2015

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $21,744,444 modification (P00019) to the Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) contract (FA8807-12-C-0013) to accelerate the MGUE program through the addition of pre-prototype receiver card deliveries and test support activities to enable faster fielding of M-Code capable GPS receivers to the warfighter. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $11,250,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

June 11, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum ordering dollar amount of $7 million for L-Band Radio Frequency Power Amplifier for the Global Positioning System (GPS) Spacecraft Navigation Payload. The objective of this program is to demonstrate the direct digital synthesis of GPS signals concept by design, fabrication, assembly, test and demonstration of a Digital Beam Forming Element, Engineering Design Unit and the key enabling technology of the Digital Phased Array GPS payload architecture.

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