US Funds R&D for New GPS Devices
The USA is funding an R&D effort for global positioning system (GPS) modernized user equipment (MUE). The primary objective for the MUE receiver card development program is to develop and demonstrate a modernized user segment receiver card, thus establishing a first proof of design for the modernized GPS architecture. See DID’s August 2005 article “The GPS Constellation: Now and Future” for more information regarding that modernization.
Solicitations began November 2005, negotiations were complete May 2006, and work will be complete October 2007. The Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA issued $102.9 million worth of cost-plus-award-fee contracts:
- Interstate Electronics Corp. in Anaheim, CA: $37.2 million (FA8807-06-C-0001)
- Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA: $27.9 million (FA8807-06-C-0003)
- Raytheon Co. in El Segundo, CA: $37.8 million (FA8807-06-C-0004)