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Space experts support sharing military satellite data

By |April 20th, 2015|

The Associated Press  © April 19, 2015  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  Air Force Space Command leaders are working on plans to share data from satellites controlled by the military, bringing new opportunities that could allow firefighters to get images on their smartphones to help stamp out wildfires, and allow nonmilitary organizations to keep a better eye on the weather. The civilian world is working on how infrared pictures could be used, with Colorado Springs software firm Braxton Technologies leading the pack. […]

Expecting Twins: A How-To Guide to Dual Launch

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Friday, 28 June 2013 22:11Recently released views of the next two Galileo satellites in the European Space Agency’s testing lab, along with dual-launch rumblings from the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin, occasion this story about two birds with one drone. That is, an unmanned autonomous vehicle bound for the exosphere. The rest of the GNSS world is on board with this topic; isn’t it about time GPS caught up? The first two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites will launch as a pair, earlier advertised as a September blast, now possibly delayed until December; a second dynamic duo will follow sometime thereafter. Then two again, and two, and two, until the Ariane 5 rocket launches four at once. Four! […]

Air Force Video Explains GPS Role in Daily Life

By |December 19th, 2014|

All of us in the GPS industry know someone who only thinks of GPS as a feature of their smartphone. [...]

GPS Mission Operations – Why It Matters

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Thursday, 16 August 2012 22:24The current GPS operational control segment (OCS) program implements a traditional support model with Level 1 support providing basic day-to-day administration of the ground system and routinely handles rudimentary troubleshooting of basic system problems. Level 2 troubleshooting issues, however, frequently deal with advanced operational configurations, system capabilities, and possible product bugs or even failures. […]

GPS & the Waldo Canyon Fire

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 22:26Tuesday, the 26th of June, started off as a beautiful day in Colorado Springs, if you ignored the towering plume of smoke to the west from the Waldo Canyon Wildfire. The wildfire started three days before in the popular Waldo Canyon hiking area in the Rocky Mountains just off Highway 24. While people in the Colorado Springs area were concerned, there were currently eight other wildfires raging in the state of Colorado and over the past month arsonist(s) were suspected of starting up to 20+ wildfires. So, many had become inured to the sight and smell of smoke. Only one serious wildfire was known to be currently out of control in Colorado at the time, so concerns in the Colorado Springs community could be described as moderate. […]

2 SOPS Has GPS Well in Hand

By |December 19th, 2014|

Published on Friday, 16 December 2011 22:28GPS WORLD December is typically the month when writers of regularly featured columns wax nostalgic and engage in a certain amount of prognostication. This year I enlisted the help of Lt. Col. Jennifer Grant, the 2SOPS/CC at Schriever AFB, the home of GPS, to help us with our year-end review and crystal-ball gazing as we look ahead to the GPS horizon. Lt. Col. Grant reminisces about her first 16 months as 2SOPS/CC, reviews numerous major accomplishments, and updates us on the status of the GPS constellation as well as the often overlooked, ever contentious and always seemingly in flux critical Command and Control (C2) segment. […]

Next Step in GPS Success Story

By |December 19th, 2014|

The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System has delivered the program’s pathfinder spacecraft to the company’s Denver -area facility. The pathfinder, known as the GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST), will now undergo final assembly, integration and test activities in a new facility designed to maximize efficiencies and reduce costs of satellite production. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites while improving capability to meet the evolving needs of military, commercial and civilian users worldwide. GPS III satellites will deliver better accuracy and improved anti-jamming power while enhancing the spacecraft’s design life and adding a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with international global navigation satellite systems. […]

GPS Expandable 24 in Action

By |December 19th, 2014|

The GPS 2A-22 spacecraft had been removed from active duty two years ago to accommodate the deployment of a fresh bird into the constellation. Now, the Boeing-built satellite is back in action to transmit the timing and location signals to users around the world. Launched in August 1993 atop a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral, the satellite has long surpassed its 7-year design life. But with some use still left to give, the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schreiver Air Force Base in Colorado have taken the rare step of reactivating it. “My hat goes off to our operators, analysts, and contractor support personnel — their superior care and feeding of our constellation is the reason (2A-22) is still viable for operations 18 years after launch,” said Lt. Col. Dean Holthaus, 2 SOPS director of operations. Officials said this was only the second time in GPS history that a decommissioned satellite has returned to active status. […]

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.” […]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 [...]

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. […]

Braxton Presents Ground System Advances at Boeing Conference

By |October 27th, 2011|

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, 26 October 2011. Braxton CEO, Frank Backes, and Senior Technical Advisor, Dr. Triet Tran, presented an introduction [...]

Braxton Called in from Bullpen for IIF Relief

By |August 9th, 2010|

The Launch/Early Orbit, Anomaly Resolution, and Disposal Operations (LADO) system experts from Braxton Technologies were called in to contact the satellite and regain control, and subsequently turn the wayward IIF satellite back over to the AEP control segment. IIF-1/SVN62 Arrives on Station During the week of August 2, the Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP) software installed at the master control station at 50th Space Wing Space Operations Centers (SOC) temporarily lost contact with or command and control (C2) of the IIF satellite undergoing testing and initialization, during a Delta V maneuver. The Launch/Early Orbit, Anomaly Resolution, and Disposal Operations (LADO) system experts from Braxton Technologies were called in to contact the satellite and regain control, and subsequently turn the wayward IIF satellite back over to the AEP control segment. […]

Braxton Front-End Processor KS-252 Interface Announced

By |April 30th, 2010|

Braxton Technologies, LLC today announced the integration of its industry-leading ACE Premier™ command and control (C2) product suite Front End Processor (FEP) with AMERGINT Technologies, LLC softFEP™. This integration ensures seamless interface of the Braxton AceFEP and the latest Air Force Cryptologic Systems Group (CPSG) IP-based satellite ground station cryptographic device, the KS-252. The new KS-252 Ground Operating Equipment is slated for use on space vehicle and ground segment programs for which ACE Premier™ is well-positioned. The KS-252 crypto significantly reduces design complexity and cost for new and modernized command and control systems while maintaining data security and integrity. […]

Braxton on Winning Raytheon GPS OCX Team

By |April 12th, 2010|

Braxton Technologies, LLC today confirmed it is part of the Raytheon Company-led team that has been awarded the U.S. Air [...]

U.S. Air Force Chooses Raytheon to Develop Next Generation GPS Control Segment

By |February 25th, 2010|

The U.S. Air Force chose Raytheon to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System (GPS), called the Advanced Control Segment (OCX), which will improve the accuracy of information from GPS satellites. “Raytheon teammates include The Boeing Company, ITT, Braxton Technologies, Infinity Systems Engineering and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.” The U.S. Air Force chose Raytheon to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System (GPS), called the Advanced Control Segment (OCX), which will improve the accuracy of information from GPS satellites. The U.S. Air Force selected Raytheon for a contract of $886 million to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System (GPS), called the Advanced Control Segment (OCX), to improve the accuracy of information from GPS satellites. The new segment will include anti-jam capabilities and improved security, accuracy, and reliability. It will be based on a modern service-oriented architecture to integrate government and industry open-system standards. […]

National Symposium Tops Hectic Month for GPS in Space

By |April 7th, 2009|

Braxton Technologies. These are the professionals that accomplish the LADO, or Launch, Anomaly Resolution and Disposal Operations for the GPS [...]

Braxton on ATC SASSA Team

By |March 24th, 2009|

Braxton Technologies today announced its continuing partnership with Assurance Technology Corporation (ATC) in developing the Self-Awareness Space Situation Awareness (SASSA) [...]

Raytheon OCX Team Reaches OCX Milestone

By |January 8th, 2009|

The Raytheon Co.-led [including Braxon Technologies] team vying for the U.S. Air Force contract for the next generation GPS control [...]