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GPS G3 more accuracy, better anti jamming capability

WASHINGTON: The launch today of the second Air Force GPS III satellite, called Magellan, represents welcome validation for prime contractor Lockheed Martin and ground-based control system provider Raytheon after years of delays and cost overruns — proving that the high-priority, but long troubled, GPS III program is now moving ahead relatively smoothly.

Indeed, in a pre-launch conference call with reporters on Tuesday, the Air Force’s GPS III mission team, led by the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), pronounced the program “in good shape.” According to SMC, “GPS III SV02 is the newest generation of GPS satellites designed and built to deliver positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) information with three times better accuracy, and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capability than its predecessor.”

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