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The Second Lockheed’s Martin GPS Satellite Ready to Launch

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The Second Lockheed’s Martin GPS Satellite Ready to Launch
Workers inspect Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) after its arrival in July at Cape Canaveral. | Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin.

According to Air Force declaration and Lockheed Martin news release, on 21 August, the second GPS III satellite successfully completed the technical and safety tests of the U.S. Air Force and is “available for launch”, which is supposed to happen in 2019, learned MiltechReview.com.

In May 2008, the U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin to design and built two GPS III spacecraft with an option for ten additional satellites. In April, this year, the company submitted a proposal to the government for the construction of up to 22 additional GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) spacecraft. It is expected Lockheed Martin to be the prime contractor of GPS III satellites, after the other two awarded companies – Northrop Grumman and Boeing – did not submit proposals previously.

Lockheed Martin’s program manager for Navigation Systems, Johnathon Caldwell said the first GPS III satellite – GPS III SV01 was ready for its launch in September 2017, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and is now being prepared for its lift-off from the Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is expected to be done before the end of the year. Caldwell also added,

“With two GPS III satellites now ready for launch, and the third GPS III expected to be ready by early next year, we’re building strong momentum. These satellites will soon begin modernizing the current GPS constellation with new capabilities and more advanced technology.”

GPS III is said to be a significant improvement over the current satellites and the most powerful GPS satellite ever on orbit, as well. It will ensure to U.S. and allied military forces new capabilities, as well as a new civil signal for commercial and civilian users that will better the connectivity worldwide.

Read more: The First New Missile-Warning Satellites Contract Awarded to Lockheed

In announcement of Harris Corp., the company that provides the payload of the satellite navigation to Lockheed Martin, is said that the next-gen satellites are three times more accurate than the current ones, because of the fact that they are equipped with

“a Mission Data Unit (MDU) with a unique 70 percent digital design that links atomic clocks, radiation-hardened computers and powerful transmitters.”

Additionally, to its new accurateness, GPS III satellite is eight times more resistant to jamming and has maintains signals, providing compatibility with Global Navigation Satellite Systems and stronger signal integrity, as well.

In November 2017, Harris company also announced the upgraded next-gen payload that is planned to be used for the Air Force’s GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program, beginning with the 11th GPS III satellite.

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DARPA Wants “Third Wave” AI System with Knowledge-Based Reasoning

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DARPA Wants “Third Wave” AI System with Knowledge-Based Reasoning
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Although the advancements, made in artificial intelligence, U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) launches their new AI large investment exploration project that meets its first opportunity for a contract award in the face of the announced on 17 August, program, the Automating Scientific Knowledge Extraction (ASKE), learned MiltechReview.com.

DARPA starts the program in order to find third wave artificial intelligence and machine-learning model that will leave behind global science and technology efforts in AI science and also will assist scientists and researchers push their work to new areas. The proposals are due to be submitted by 17 September. The period of the prospective $1 million contract for the prototype development and the establishment of the new AI concept is within 18 months.

In order the adoption of AI system to be sped up, DARPA is issuing a Disruption Opportunity, which demands innovative basic research concepts that explore new architectures and approaches in order to be improved AI’s capability to generalize beyond training data and to operate with sub-optimal data.

In particular, the ASKE program will be looking for developing opportunity of more reasonable AI systems that have the capability to aggregate scientific data over a number of physical, biological and social complex systems, rapidly. Another specific feature of the AI system is to have the ability to identify automatically new data and information resources. As science depends on equations and complex computations of large data base, the proposed AI system should meet the requirements to have the capabilities to interpret and to discover scientific knowledge as well as underlying assumptions in existing computational models. Thus, to derive useful information, such as causal relationships, correlations and parameters, in order to be integrated into a machine-curated model, whose purpose is to generate more robust hypothesis.

To be guaranteed the system proper operating, which is expected to happen with the full-breadth available scientific information, DARPA wants AI system that has the ability to verify published scientific results, automatically, and to monitor, in real time, the fragile economic, political, social and environmental systems that experience complex events. Another DARPA’s requirement is for the new system to possess AI techniques, such as knowledge-based reasoning, machine learning, natural language processing and/or human-machine collaboration.

Although this rapid real-time aggregation of data, from wide range of digital sources, will probably have military applications, DARPA claims that it has interest in innovative approaches that extract knowledge from scientific models.

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New Software for UH-60V Black Hawk Helicopter, Ready to be Integrated by the US Army

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New software, developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation, aiming to help UH-60V Black Hawk enter its limited user testing (LUT) phase, has been delivered to the US Army to be put into service. This is a main stage that leads to the decision of C low-rate initial production (LRIP), which the helicopter is slates to enter the next year, learned MiltechReview.com.

In 2014, under a contract between the US Army and Northrop Grumman Corp., the latter supplied the Army with the integrated avionics suite for the UH-60V helicopter that upgrades the UH-60L Black Hawk aircraft with a digital cockpit, whose software meets all the functionality requirements for the LUT.

During the test period, the company will assess whether the system is ready for operating, capable and compatible with the UH-60M pilot-vehicle interface.

In February last year, the upgraded with the new digital cockpit, UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter, successfully performed its first flight test, held by Northrop Grumman Corp. together with the US Army Prototype Integration Facility and prime contractor Redstone Defense Systems.

The US Army’s Black Hawk meets the standards for safety-critical software elaboration, due to its capability to pass over military as well as civilian airspace around the world.

The construction of the helicopter is developed so that it complies with the requirements of with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency’s Global Air Traffic Management.

“This software delivery milestone is an important step forward in our journey to provide cutting-edge capabilities and mission-enabling solutions to warfighters through an affordable, low-risk digital cockpit upgrade.”

,said Ed Griebel, Northrop Grumman Land and Avionics Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Division director.

He also added that they are determined to save investment in the Black Hawk fleet, while updating the aircraft in order to ensure warfighters with a decisive advantage.

About Northrop Grumman Corp
A global U.S. company that provides military aircraft, autonomous, space, defense and flight systems, secure and agile software-defined systems as well as solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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