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First GPS IIF Satellite Set Healthy

Posted 8/31/2010   Updated 8/31/2010 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 090810

8/31/2010 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- Officials from the Space and Missile Systems Center's Global Positioning Systems Wing announced the first GPS IIF satellite (SVN-62) was set healthy to navigation and timing users worldwide, Aug. 26.

The first Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite, successfully launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Medium rocket, joined the GPS constellation providing global coverage and increased overall performance of GPS services to users around the globe.

GPS IIF satellites provide improved signals that enhance the constellation's precise global positioning, navigation and timing services. The next-generation satellite provides improved accuracy through advanced atomic clocks, a longer design life than previous GPS satellites, and a new third civil signal (L5) primarily for safety-of-life applications. It also continues to deploy the modernized capabilities that began with the eight modernized GPS IIR satellites, including a more robust military signal (M-Code) and the second civil signal (L2C). With the addition of GPS IIF SV-1 the Air Force continues to focus on maintaining GPS as the premier provider of positioning, navigation and timing for military and civilian users around the world. Users can rely on GPS with confidence today and will continue to be able to do so in the future.

The U.S Air Force and Air Force Space Command have been the diligent stewards of GPS since its conception in the 1970s and continue its commitment to this critical component of our National Infrastructure. The current GPS constellation has the most satellites and the greatest capability ever. We are committed to maintaining our current level of service, as well as striving to improve service and capability through on-going modernization efforts. The Air Force will continue to pursue an achievable path maintaining GPS as the premier provider of positioning, navigation and timing for military and civilian users around the world.

Media representatives can submit questions for response or requests for interviews regarding this topic by sending an email to: smcpa.media@losangeles.af.mil

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