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Boeing IIF-5 GPS satellite sends first signals from space


February 21, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, CA. The fifth Boeing IIF GPS satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket and sent its first signals from space yesterday, February 20. These five satellites are improving navigation, position, and timing information for civilian and military users around the globe.

The Boeing GPS IIF satellites have been designed with a longer lifecycle of 12 years, and are providing increased navigational accuracy through improvements in atomic clock technology.

The GPS IIF-5 will undergo on-orbit activation, checks, and testing before it is given to the U.S. Air Force in March 2014. This was the first GPS IIF satellite launched in 2014. The sixth satellite is being prepped in Florida for launch later this year.

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