Eighth GPS IIF satellite now activeNews
December 19, 2014
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Boeing activated its eighth Global Positioning System IIF satellite after it completed on-orbit checkout and joined the active 31-satellite constellation.
This latest satellite, dubbed GPS Space Vehicle-69, was launched Oct. 29 and completed on-orbit checkout and validation last week on Dec. 12.
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force have now placed four GPS-IIF satellites into service in 2014, adding to the modernization effort with new, advanced atomic clocks, stronger anti-jamming, a new, third civil signal, and longer design life.
The Air Force GPS modernization is a long-term initiative to further enhance GPS signal accuracy, strength, and quality while also providing new military and civil signals to benefit the growing user community.