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Newest GPS IIF Nav Sat Operational

By |December 19th, 2014|

MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 The nation’s newest Global Positioning System satellite has completed its post-launch checkout and entered service in the orbiting constellation. The Air Force’s GPS 2F-2 spacecraft was boosted into orbit July 16 from Cape Canaveral atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket. Controllers have spent the past month getting the Boeing-built satellite prepped to transmit precision navigation and timing information to users across the planet. “This next-generation GPS 2F satellite has been set healthy and is ready to begin providing a strong, clear and secure signal,” said Air Force Col. Bernard Gruber, director of the GPS Directorate. “The Air Force and allied military forces around the world use GPS devices in virtually every system to improve their capabilities and effectiveness while reducing risk to the warfighter.” […]

DoD Efficiency Expert for Dep SecDef

By |December 19th, 2014|

By Amber Corrin Aug 03, 2011 The major budget cuts underway at the Defense Department and on the table in the debt ceiling deal are likely to get a strong push from at least one newly promoted DOD official: President Barack Obama has nominated Ashton Carter, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, as deputy secretary of defense. […]

OCX Update

By |December 19th, 2014|

The next-generation GPS Ground Control system (OCX) under the direction of prime contractor Raytheon did not pass the recently concluded [...]

GPS navigation satellite takes nighttime ride to orbit

By |December 19th, 2014|

BY JUSTIN RAY SPACEFLIGHT NOW Posted: July 16, 2011 Continuing a prolific partnership that has benefited billions of users around the world, the Delta rocket family today successfully launched its 50th satellite for the Global Positioning System. The Delta 4 rocket fires away from the Cape. Credit: Pat Corkery/ULA See launch photo gallery The powerful Delta 4 booster blasted away from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 37 at 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT) for a middle-of-the-night ascent precisely timed to deliver a critical replacement satellite directly into the GPS constellation. It was the type of rocket flight that could appear routine. But replenishing the navigation network is vital to the military forces, civilian consumers and the blossoming commercial marketplace that have come to depend on GPS every day. […]

GPS Constellation at 24 + 3

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2011 22:28SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado — The 50th Space Wing successfully completed a two phase [...]

Second IIF Satellite Prepped for Launch

By |December 19th, 2014|

BY JUSTIN RAY SPACEFLIGHT NOW Posted: June 27, 2011 A Global Positioning System satellite has been loaded aboard its ride to space, arriving Monday at Cape Canaveral’s Complex 37 for mounting atop the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket. Liftoff of the GPS 2F-2 spacecraft is scheduled for July 14 during a 19-minute window extending from 2:49 to 3:08 a.m. EDT (0649-0708 GMT). The launch is timed to deliver the satellite into the GPS constellation to replace a 20-year craft that has long exceeded its expected lifespan. GPS satellites fly about 11,000 miles above the planet and emit continuous navigation signals that allow users to find their precise position in latitude, longitude and altitude and determine time. Originally built for the U.S. military, the GPS service has spread across the world as an indispensable commercial utility. […]

News from 27th NSS & Other Space/PNT Events

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Thursday, 12 May 2011 22:28April, May, and June are watershed months for space and PNT geeks every year. In April I was honored to attend the National Space Foundation sponsored 27th annual National Space Symposium held at the incomparable five-star Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and in May, just last week I attended the 10th annual GPS Partnership Council at SMC (Space and Missile Systems Center) in Los Angeles, California. Currently I am planning my strategy and greasing the chain on the mountain bike for the sixth annual Space and Cyberwarfare Symposium in the beautiful mountain village of Keystone, Colorado, which is followed later in June by the Joint Navigation Conference, also in Colorado Springs. […]

GPS Operational Optimism

By |December 19th, 2014|

Boeing… GPS’ Operational Optimism… (Satellites) [SatNews] Securing precise global navigation for private and military use, GPS IIF receives an increase in its operational status… Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced that its GPS Operational Control Segment (OCS) has gained full operational status with the U.S. Air Force 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. OCS keeps the GPS system operational within specified accuracy to provide secure and precise navigation around the world for military, humanitarian and commercial applications. […]

GPS Ground System Upgrades Accepted

By |December 19th, 2014|

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) -- Officials at the 50th Space Wing accepted two Global Positioning System ground system [...]

Boeing Commercial Satellite Services

By |December 19th, 2014|

Boeing Commercial Satellite Services will work with the owners of satellite systems to market available bandwidth on active systems as [...]

GPSOC Situational Awareness Capability

By |December 19th, 2014|

The GPS Operations Center announced that joint force warfighters on distant parts of the globe will soon be able to [...]

New Training Simulator Debuts at Schriever

By |December 19th, 2014|

The SST is the right 21st Century solution to our training needs," said Col. John Shaw, the 50th Operations Group [...]

GPS Collaboration Center Opens

By |December 19th, 2014|

Raytheon… Construction Completed For Collaboration (MILSATCOM) [SatNews] Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) new Global Positioning System Collaboration Center opening in February 2011 in El Segundo, Calif., will allow U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems personnel to interact with the GPS Operational Control Segment (GPS OCX) system in an operations-like environment. […]

Block II & Block III Contract Award

By |December 19th, 2014|

The Raytheon Company, Aurora, Colorado, was awarded an $886,440,679 contract which will provide for command, control and mission support for [...]

GPS IIR-21(M) Satellite Declared Operational

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Friday, 28 August 2009 22:28The last in the series of eight modernized Global Positioning System IIR satellites, GPS IIR-21(M), was declared operational Thursday for military and civilian users worldwide, just 10 days after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. “The 50th Space Wing is extremely proud of adding this new satellite to the operational constellation and we look forward to continuing to use this spacecraft to help with the current fight as well as to support civil users around the world,” said Colonel Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing Commander. […]

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches 47th Air Force GPS Mission

By |December 19th, 2014|

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket successfully launched the Air Force’s Global Positioning Satellite IIR-20(M) into orbit from Space Launch Complex 17A at 4:34 a.m., EDT. This was the 47th successful GPS launch for the Delta II in its storied 20-year history. The very first Delta II launch on Feb. 14, 1989 was the NAVSTAR II-1 launch. NAVSTAR is now commonly known as GPS. […]

Congratulations Braxton Science & Technology Group

By |August 22nd, 2014|

Congratulations Braxton Science & Technology Group on making the 2014 Inc. 5000 annual list of fastest-growing private companies in America!  2014 marks our fifth time [...]

Braxton Orbital Analysis Software Contract

By |February 28th, 2014|

Braxton Technologies, LLC today announced a one and a half-year contract with Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems to supply Orbital Analysis Software for Boeing 702MP, 702HP and geomobile satellites. This system will augment Boeing’s extensive suite of orbital analysis software tools for transfer orbit and station keeping operations. This contract creates six jobs in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Pleasanton, California. […]

Braxton Technologies Receives Innovation Award

By |February 7th, 2014|

Colorado Springs, CO — The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance (Business Alliance) presented the Innovation Award to Braxton Technologies, LLC at the Celebrate Technology reception on Friday, February 7. The innovation award was in recognition of Braxton’s new product AceFDS (Flight Dynamics System). Rob Johnston, Chief Technical Officer of Engineering and Triet Tran, Chief Scientist received the award on behalf of the organization. Steve Wozniak (the Woz), co-founder of Apple, was the keynote speaker for the evening, along with Chris Franz, President of Peak Venture Group. The two led a question and answer session focused on technology, education and entrepreneurship. Over 200 attended the evening reception. […]

NDP Awarded Open Source Messaging Framework Contract

By |January 27th, 2014|

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NDP, a leading engineering firm specializing in net-centric system design, cybersecurity and systems integration, announces the award of a GSA Small Business set aside task order to develop an Open Source Messaging framework prototype in support of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. […]

GPS IIF-4 Successfully Launched

By |May 21st, 2013|

5/16/2013 – LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite built by Boeing was successfully launched May 15. The fourth GPS IIF satellite, Space Vehicle Number (SVN) 66, was carried aboard aUnited Launch Alliance Atlas V Launch Vehicle at 5:38 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The new capabilities of the IIF satellites will provide greater navigational accuracy through improvements in atomic clock technology; a more robust signal for commercial aviation and safety-of-life applications, known as the new third civil signal (L5); and a 12-year design life providing long-term service. These upgrades improved anti-jam capabilities for the warfighter and improved security for military and civil users around the world. […]

Braxton to acquire Boulder-based Net-Centric

By |April 9th, 2013|

Braxton Technologies and its parent company, The O’Neil Group Co., have agreed to acquire a Boulder-based engineering company specializing in cyber security and systems integration as the first of several acquisitions Braxton is planning during the next few years. Colorado Springs-based Braxton is acquiring Net-Centric Design Professionals LLC, which will remain in Boulder and operate as a subsidiary of Braxton, said Ken O’Neil, Braxton’s president and chief operating officer and a partner in O’Neil Group. Terms of the transaction, scheduled for completion by June 30, were not disclosed.  Net-Centric has 50 employees. Negotiations to reach the agreement lasted eight months. The deal resulted from Braxton founder and CEO Frank Backes serving as a mentor to Net-Centric though the University of Colorado eSpace Incubator program. […]

Colorado Springs stalls amid federal squeeze, but cuts could aid expansion

By |April 8th, 2013|

COLORADO SPRINGS — With a heavy concentration of military bases and defense-related businesses, it is not a matter of whether federal budget cuts will hit Colorado’s second-largest city but a matter of how hard. However, some area business and political leaders, while bracing for economic bleeding, see an opportunity to recast the city’s economic future. Through a combination of nimble strategizing and aggressively targeting competitors for acquisition, a handful of companies operating in the shadow of Pikes Peak are hoping to position themselves and the city on a growth path. […]

LADO Contract Announcement

By |January 17th, 2013|

Braxton Technologies of Colorado Springs announces that it has signed a 5 year agreement with 309th Software Maintenance Group from [...]

CPASC Contract Win

By |January 3rd, 2013|

Braxton Technologies announced today that they have signed a 5 year, 4.5 million dollar subcontract with Kratos Defense & Security [...]

High Valley Group, Inc. Invests in Braxton Technologies, LLC

By |October 2nd, 2012|

Purchase of minority interest represents continuing community commitment. Colorado Springs, October 2, 2012: Braxton Technologies, LLC and High Valley Group, Inc. (HVGI) are pleased to announce that HVGI, through its affiliate company High Valley Technology, Inc., has purchased a minority interest in Braxton Technologies. David Francis, President of HVGI, stated “we are pleased to have purchased a minority interest in one of the fastest growing technology companies in this city. Not only does Braxton appear to be very sound on the business front, but they are also very civically minded. Braxton’s vision for acquiring Department of Defense companies and bringing their headquarters to Colorado Springs aligns well with HVGI’s interest in promoting economic development for the city.” […]

Braxton’s Strategic Reorganization

By |September 12th, 2012|

Braxton Technologies announced the promotion of Kenneth O’Neil to president and chief operating officer. O’Neil is a Colorado native and [...]

LADO Ground Support for GPS IIA

By |May 3rd, 2012|

One of the long-standing issues for support of IIA vehicles after the future GPS Operational Ground Control Segment’s (OCX’s) ready-to-operate (RTO) date, which should fall in December 2016 at the latest, is what ground command-and-control (C2) system will steer GPS IIA satellites, do navigation uploads, and so on. The issue is that AEP, the current C2 system, will no longer be available once the transition to OCX takes place, and OCX has no requirement to control IIA satellites. […]

Tee Up for Life

By |April 11th, 2012|

Started by Braxton Technologies employee, Brad Mears, the annual Tee Up for Life Colorado Springs golf tournament raises money to [...]

Braxton President Lauded for Community Contributions

By |April 8th, 2012|

On Wednesday, the annual Arts, Business and Education Luncheon celebrated Colorado Springs-area business leaders who foster the arts. This year's [...]