GAO to Air Force: Let’s Go Another Round on Options for GPS Satellites
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report suggests the Air Force redo its analysis of cost estimates and options for future GPS satellites. The Air Force did a study study on new and hopefully less expensive options for future GPS satellites including nine that range from $13 billion to $25 billion that could be executed between 2013 and 2030, with 30 satellites rather than the current baseline of 24.
All well and good, per the GAO, but the agency wants more, in particular:
- more details on costs for things like dual launch capability (two birds on one rocket), navigation satellites (smaller GPS satellites), and a nuclear detection capabilities.
- inputs from key stakeholdersin the GPS positioning, navigation, and timing advisory community