Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a $2.15 million contract by the Air
Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to research the development of a
small satellite navigation payload to augment the current Global
Positioning System (GPS) program. The GPS NAVSAT (Navigation
Satellite) program seeks to provide affordable capabilities to aid
end-users located in tough-to-reach environments.
"The development of smaller satellites -- in terms of size, weight,
power and cost -- will yield greater affordability for our customers,"
said Mark Pisani, vice president and general manager, Precision
Instruments and Positioning, Navigation and Timing Systems, Exelis Geospatial
Systems. "A smaller satellite size will allow for improved launch
vehicle selection flexibility."
The goal of the 18-month initial study is to identify innovative ways to
increase affordability and sustainment of the GPS program through
payload weight reduction, size and power. The GPS NAVSAT will maintain
similar performance capability to the existing GPS system, but will aid
GPS end-users in signal-constrained environments, located in urban or
Work on GPS NAVSAT is performed in Clifton, N.J., and in Bloomfield, N.J.
For nearly 40 years, Exelis payloads and payload components have been on
board every GPS satellite with more than 500 years of on-orbit life
without a single mission-related failure due to Exelis equipment.
technology has changed the world by increasing productivity, safety
and effectiveness across a variety of industries including farming,
construction, mining, surveying and supply chain management. It is found
in everything from cell phones to shipping containers, Air
Traffic Management, communications networks, banking systems,
financial markets, power grids, military assets and much more.
About ITT Exelis
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and
information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and
emerging global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications,
sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic
solutions and information systems with growing positions in cyber
security, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services.
The company has a 50-year legacy of innovation and technology expertise,
partnering with customers worldwide to deliver affordable,
mission-critical products and services for managing global threats,
conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company
employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8 billion. www.exelisinc.com
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