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In 1989, the GPS IIR contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin for the development and production of 21 space vehicles (SVs). In August 2000, the United States Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to modernize eight existing GPS IIR satellites. On 17 August 2009, the last GPS IIR-M (modernized) satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.




The GPS IIR/IIR-M program has entered into the sustainment phase with closeout of the original GPS IIR contract pending. 


  • Current contract:  Sustainment

  • Monitor GPS IIR satellites from Schriever AFB

  • Support 2 SOPS in day-to-day control and maintenance

  • Provide trending analysis

  • Provide expertise in resolving anomalies/out-of-family conditions


  • Production Contract:  Closeout Contract Line Numbers (CLINs)

    • Disposition of all GPS IIR/IIR-M material

    • Verify and close remaining CLINs

    • Continue to execute the on-orbit incentive plan

    • Final contract actions



  • Legacy signals:  L1 C/A, L1/2 P(Y)

  • Modernized signals:  L2C (GPS IIR-M only), L1/2 M-Code (GPS IIR-M only)

  • Navigation Message



  • Orbit:  Six orbit planes at 55 degree inclination

  • Altitude:  10,898 nautical miles

  • Design life:  7.5 years, 6-years MMD

  • On-orbit weight:  2484 lb

  • Size:  62 in wide, 77 in deep, 87 in high

  • Position accuracy:  3 meters, with daily updates from the control segment  


Electrical Power Subsystem

  • Solar array: 144 ft2; high-efficiency silicon cells, 1040-watt capacity

  • Battery system:  NiH2, rechargeable

  • Electronics:  Central controller with redundant discharge converters and battery chargers


Attitude Determination and Control

  • Design approach: Zero momentum, 3-axis stabilized, Earth-oriented, Sun-nadir pointing

  • Attitude reference control:  Static Earth sensor, Sun sensor, reaction wheels/magnetic coils


Propulsion Subsystem

  • Design approach:  Monopropellant N2H4

  • Propellant capacity:  208 lbs

  • Thrusters: Twelve 0.2-lb REAs and four 5.0-lb REAs


Total Navigation Payload

  • Timekeeping subsystem: Multiple atomic frequency standards: Rubidium clocks, radiation-hardened design, high stability timing, automated integrity monitoring

  • Mission Data Unit: 1750A central processor, ADA HOL, integral baseband processor, full message encoding and processing, real-time Kalman filter

  • Crosslink transponder data:  RF receive and transmit, precision inter-satellite ranging, full-frame modulation and mode control


Structure and Thermal

  • Modular design:  Six aluminum honeycomb panels mounted to a central aluminum core

  • Passive thermal control:  Blankets, thermal coatings, radiators, and electrically controlled heaters, new L-band panel with heat pipes for GPS IIR-M SVs

  • Active thermal control: Electrically controlled heaters, relays, thermostats


Tracking, Telemetry, and Command

  • RF links:  Two S-band transponder using SGLS channel 6

  • Security architecture:  Encrypted data links, redundant 1750A control processor, centralized command decoding and telemetry communications

  • Autonomy:  On-board power and key component redundancy management


Prime Contractor:  Lockheed Martin  


(Current as of April 2018)