Harris Corp. has delivered the navigation payload for the third GPS III satellite.
The payload was delivered to GPS III satellite manufacturer Lockheed Martin. “The advanced navigation payloads feature a Mission Data Unit (MDU) with a unique 70-percent digital design that links atomic clocks, radiation-hardened computers and powerful transmitters – enabling signals three times more accurate than those on current GPS satellites,” said a Harris news release. “The new payloads also boost satellite signal power, increase jamming resistance by eight times and help extend the satellite’s lifespan.”
The navigation payload will be integrated into the GPS III SV-03 satellite this summer.