Lockheed Martin has delivered the U.S. Air Force's second GPS III space vehicle from the company's Colorado processing facility to Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.
GPS III SV02 satellite, nicknamed "Magellan," travelled aboard a C-17 aircraft last week and is scheduled to launch in July, the company said Tuesday.
SV01 and SV02 GPS III will join a constellation of 31 satellites designed to support positioning, navigation and timing operations for over 4B military, civil and commercial users.
Johnathon Caldwell, vice president for navigation systems at Lockheed, said that SV01 has already begun broadcasting signals as on-orbit testing continues.
Caldwell added the satellite is “operating completely healthy“ and the naviagtion payload has so far exceeded expectations.