L3Harris Technologies [NYSE: LHX] announced that the company has grabbed a contract that totals up to $137 million for four route payload Mission Data Units (MDU) for future GPS III Follow-on (GPS IIIF) satellites.
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] chose L3Harris in 2018 to construct and develop the initial two completely digital MDUs, the core of the satellite’s navigation payload. The MDU creates more impressive GPS signals and guarantees clock tasks for GPS clients.
“The digital MDU is adequately adaptable to adjust to propels in GPS innovation. It is also flexible to the future changes in mission needs,” said Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris. “Additionally, The new MDU will likewise uphold a smooth progress for the U.S. Space Force’s GPS OCX ground control system.”
The U.S. Space Force expects the initial GPS IIIF satellite, to be accessible for dispatch in 2026. Furthermore, The satellite expands on GPS III adding new capacities and innovation. The GPS IIIF MDU will give improved capacities over L3Harris’ 70% advanced MDU on the initial ten GPS III satellites. The initial four GPS III satellites have effectively dispatched and are presently operational in the GPS constellation.
L3Harris has given navigation technology to every U.S. GPS satellite that is dispatched. This innovation empowers the solid GPS signal that a number of individuals – including U.S. administration individuals – and organizations rely upon consistently.