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FY 2017 budget request includes $857 million for GPS

February 19, 2016By

The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 includes $847.362 million in Department of Defense funds and $10 million in Department of Transportation funds to sustain and modernize the Global Positioning System (GPS). Funds will go toward the GPS III program, including the new ground system (OCX), military user equipment, and wide-area augmentation through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). FY 2017... read more

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Final GPS IIF satellite joins constellation

February 16, 2016By
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Stephen Slade, 50th Space Wing IMA, assumes control of SVN-70, a GPS IIF-12 satellite, from 14th Air Force in a short ceremony here, today.  This transfer of control marks the end of an era for the IIF series satellites as SVN-70 was the final model to be launched, giving the 2nd Space Operations Squadron a total of 41 satellites under their control.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

The 50th Space Wing accepted satellite control authority of the final Global Positioning System GPS IIF satellite from the GPS Directorate during a ceremony held Feb. 12 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Following its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Feb. 5, operators from the 50th and 310th Space Wings completed an extensive checkout of the satellite... read more

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GPS IIF-12 satellite is now active

February 11, 2016By

The last Block IIF satellite, launched on Feb. 9, is active. “All-in-view” tracking stations of the International GNSS Service (IGS) network have been receiving its signals since Feb 10. The satellite’s designation is PRN32/SVN70. That PRN is already included in the analysis by the Center for Orbit Determination in Europe (CODE). The IGS orbit products will now cover 57 satellites (32 GPS plus 25... read more

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System of Systems: GPS III bidding, testing

February 9, 2016By
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GPS III Bidding Opens — Again The GPS Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) continues to look for someone to build 22 GPS III satellites in the near future. SMC issued a request for proposals on Jan. 8, with rather complicated terms. The first eight GPS III satellites are already under contract, and two have been built,... read more

Russia launches GLONASS-M 51 into orbit

February 8, 2016By
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A GLONASS-M satellite was launched into orbit on Feb. 7 at 03:21 Moscow time from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome spaceport, reports the Russian space agency Roscosmos.  The Russian Defense Ministry successfully launched GLONASS-M 51 (known as 751 in orbit) aboard a Soyuz-2.1b rocket with a Fregat upper stage. Three and a half hours after lift-off, the satellite separated from the upper stage and ground control established communications with it. The... read more

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Air Force successfully launches GPS IIF-12 satellite

February 8, 2016By
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the GPS IIF-12 mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral. (Photo: ULA)

The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the 12th Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 8:38 a.m. EST (5:38 a.m. PST) on Feb. 5. “Today’s launch is a significant achievement in the history of GPS, as we launch the last of... read more

GPS III navigation payload to be all digital

February 2, 2016By
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Harris Corporation will offer an all-digital navigation payload for GPS III Space Vehicles (SV) 11 and beyond. According to Harris, the fully digital navigation payload will provide enhanced performance and enable on-orbit reprogramming. The all-digital payload expands on the advanced features of the current 70-percent digital payload that Harris provides for Lockheed Martin’s GPS III SV 1-8 satellites. The features provide greater... read more

Galileo 9 and 10 now broadcasting navigation messages

February 2, 2016By
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Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have started broadcasting working navigation messages. The two satellites were launched together on Sept. 11, 2015. read more

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