Lockheed Martin's 2nd next generation GPS III satellite responds to commands under self-propulsion

US Air Force has announced its second next-generation GPS III satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), is responding to commands, under control and now using its own internal propulsion system to get to orbit following its successful launch, the USAF said.

GPS III SV02 is now climbing towards its operational orbit about 12,550 miles above the earth under the power of its own Liquid Apogee engines. Engineers at Lockheed Martin Space´s Waterton, Colorado facility are commanding the satellite using elements of the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) Block 0.

GPS III SV02 is the second GPS III satellite designed and built by Lockheed Martin to help the Air Force modernize today´s Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation with new technology and capabilities.

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