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Testing complete on first GPS satellite

4th February 2016 - 14:18 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in London

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Despite earlier delays, the completion of the latest batch of testing means that Lockheed Martin's first GPS III satellite will be available for launch this year.

The company announced that it has finished system-level Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) and the launch is expected in August. 

Lockheed Martin is contracted to provide the first eight GPS III Space Vehicles (SV) and a spokesperson from the company told Shephard that they are hoping to be awarded a further contract for vehicles nine and 10 later this year.

The company will also be competing for the GPS III 11+ programme; a Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued on 8

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Beth is Deputy Editor - Land at Shephard Media, managing coverage across all formats of …

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