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30 Inside GNSS M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 8 WASHINGTON VIEW with its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, and, in another four years or so, the BFR or Big Falcon Rocket. ere will also enough be enough launch capacity in terms of launch sites. "SpaceX is building its own launch site down at Brownsville (Texas)," said Smith, "and if it moves forward with that there's going to be a whole other set of launch sites and launch pads there, which will free up capacity at the Cape (Canaveral) and at Vandenberg (Air Force Base)." Blue Origin is also using one of the old Air Force launch pads at Cape Canaveral, she said, and the Air Force is looking at ways to automate and streamline their systems and processes to speed launches up. "So I think that, of all the things that could impact the GPS schedule I would think that launch would be pretty low on the list schedule," said Smith. Moving On Sources suggested that, in the end, the Air Force's evolving priorities meant that requirements in the GPS IIIF Request for Proposal (RFP) were tailored in such a way that only the incumbent contractor could fulfill them — with one source saying that that shi was at least one of the reasons that the release of RFP was delayed for so long. at theory is supported by the clear disappointment Boe- ing expressed in its comment about the contract. "Boeing did not submit a proposal in response to the RFP," said a company spokesman, "as the RFP emphasized mature production to current GPS requirements and did not value lower cost, payload performance or flexibility." "Just broadly," said Northrop Grumman's CEO Wesley Bush during a conference call on first quarter results, "the GPS deci- sion had absolutely nothing to do with anything else going on in the space portfolio other than a relative comparison of the attrac- tiveness of the different opportunities that we're pursuing there." As of press time it appears that the disappointed contend- ers are unlikely to complain. Sources suggested that the focus on sticking with incumbents would favor both firms in other contracts and that the companies would win, if they had not already won, better-suited programs. Congress also appears to be onboard with the new approach. "If there was a major concern, and contractors were lever- aging congressional advocacy, you probably would have seen something already," said Mike Tierney, a senior consultant and budget expert with the defense, space/intelligence, homeland security consulting firm Jacques and Associates. ough some questions have arisen, Harrison said he did not believe the long contracting process was an empty effort — nor was it a maneuver to pressure Lockheed to address its development issues and/or lower its prices. "I don't think it was a bluff," said Harrison. "I think that they (the Air Force) were sincerely reaching out and trying to find alternative suppliers — and, you know, it didn't work." "I think they started to realize it's not worth it," he said. "On the industry side it's not going to be worth it and on the government side it's not going to be worth it." Washington, DC, Area December 2018 GNSS Courses Announced Two Separate Weeks! December 4-7, 2018, Hyatt Merrifield 557: Inertial Systems, Kalman Filtering, and GPS/INS Integration. Instructors: Dr. Alan Pue and Mr. Michael Vaujin. Immerse yourself in the fundamentals and practical implementations that fuse GPS receiver measurements with strapdown inertial navigation. (Five days) +1-703-256-8900 • 800-628-0885 Contact Carolyn McDonald at The NEW AsteRx-i V GNSS Receiver with IMU ! Your ONE source for GNSS products and solutions +1-703-256-8900 • 800-628-0885 IMU enhanced GNSS positioning with full attitude (heading, pitch, and roll) Quad-constellation, multi-frequency, all-in-view high accuracy RTK receiver AIM+ interference monitoring and mitigation High-update rate, low-latency positioning and attitude Small, light weight Septentrio's NEW Dual Antenna, Multi-frequency Receiver with IMU Measurements! NavtechGPS introduces ... Contact us for details 346: GPS/GNSS Operations for Engineers and Technical Professionals. Instructor: Dr. Chris Hegarty. For those needing a well-coordinated, intensive introduction to GNSS concepts, design and operation to enhance skills; and for those wanting a greater understanding of colleagues' work to become a more productive member of the team. (Four days) December 10-14, 2018, Hyatt Merrifield

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