Next GPS IIF Satellite Launch Expected October 4

August 20, 2012  - By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv.


Spaceflight Now is reporting that the next GPS satellite, Block IIF-3 (SVN65) to be launched on October 4, 2012, will be positioned in orbital slot 1, which is in plane A. This slot is currently occupied by a Block IIA satellite, SVN39, operating as PRN09. SVN39 is one of the oldest operating satellites in the GPS fleet, having been launched on June 26, 1993.

This will be the third satellite in the Block IIF series of GPS spacecraft with improved accuracy, enhanced internal atomic clocks, better anti-jam resistance, a civil signal for commercial aviation (and others) and a longer design life. Boeing is building a dozen craft to upgrade the constellation’s foundation over the coming years.

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