An innovative investment by the Air Force under the original GPS III development contract, the GNST
has helped to identify and resolve development issues prior to integration and test of the first GPS III flight space vehicle (SV 01).
is a full-sized prototype of a GPS III satellite used to identify and solve development issues prior to integration and test of the first space vehicle.
is essentially a non-flying, functional GPS III satellite.
During this latest milestone, the GNST
successfully completed thermal vacuum (T-Vac) chamber trail blazing, demonstrating facility, mechanical and electrical ground equipment integration, and ran a series of vehicle integration test procedures.
The successful power-up of the GNST
NPE system shows that the digital communications, telemetry and RF interfaces are working properly.
In 2008, Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract for the design, development and production of the GNST
and the first two GPS III satellites, with priced options for up to 10 additional satellites.
is the cornerstone of the Air Force's "back-to-basics" acquisition approach, and this milestone demonstrates that GPS III is on track and the acquisition strategy is working," said Keoki Jackson, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Navigation Systems mission area.
Starting with the GNST
, the GPF will significantly reduce cycle time and shave cost for each sequential GPS III satellite.
With a focus on affordability, the GPS III team is first developing the GNST
, a full-sized prototype of the GPS III spacecraft used to identify and solve issues prior to the first space vehicle.
The entire GPS III development and production sequence will utilize the GNST
to provide space vehicle design level validation; early verification of ground, support, and test equipment; and early confirmation and rehearsal of transportation operations.
GENSET is listed on the Nouveau Marche of the Paris Bourse Euroclear: 5433 -- Bloomberg: GNST
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GENSET is listed on the Nouveau Marche of the Paris Bourse Euroclear: 5433 - Bloomberg: GNST
FP - Reuters: GEN.