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L3Harris Joins GPS Innovation Alliance 

By Rachel Jewett | February 3, 2021

An artistic rendering of GPS satellites in orbit. Photo Credit: NOAA

L3Harris Technologies is the latest company to join the GPS Innovation Alliance (GPSIA), an industry group that advocates for the promotion, protection and enhancement of GPS in the U.S. and around the world.

L3Harris has played a key role in GPS, and has provided navigation technology for every U.S. GPS satellite ever launched. The company is developing 10 GPS III satellite navigation payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III satellite program, four of which are already operational. The company will also provide navigation payloads with fully digital Mission Data Units (MDU) for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III Follow-On (GPS IIIF) satellites.

“GPS technology is an important part of the modern world and critical for the warfighter,” said Joseph Rolli of L3Harris Technologies Positioning, Navigation and Timing division. “With more than 40 years of experience developing GPS technologies, L3Harris aims to continue to improve the system with a more powerful, reliable, and flexible signal. We look forward to joining GPSIA and its other industry leading members as we advocate for continued support of this incredible system.”

GSPIA reports that its membership has tripled in the past 13 months as the organization ramps up its advocacy for the importance of GPS technologies to the global economy. In 2020, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin joined the alliance.