TAG: Bill Cooley

60 Minutes Segment on AFSPC Set for Sunday

April 24, 2015By
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CBS’s 60 Minutes will air a special two-part segment on Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) this coming Sunday, April 26, reflecting a broad array of AFSPC missions — launch, satellite operations, missile warning, acquisition, and the Joint Space Operations Center. The GPS Directorate is a joint service effort directed by the United States Air Force and managed at the Space and Missile Systems Center... read more

GPS IIF-9 Successfully Lifts Off from Cape Canaveral

March 25, 2015By
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The U.S. Air Force’s ninth GPS Block IIF satellite (GPS IIF-9) launched on time Wednesday at 2:36 p.m. EDT (1836 GMT)  from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The GPS satellite has been deployed by the Delta IV rocket. read more

The System: ESA’s Second FOC Moves Up

February 1, 2015By
The fifth Galileo satellite is now pointing toward Earth.

By Tim Reynolds, GPS World European correspondent Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain of the European Space Agency (ESA) announced Jan. 16 that the second errant full-operational capability (FOC) satellite, launched in August, had started its orbital change maneuver the previous day. He anticipated that the orbital change would be completed and the final orbit — “albeit somewhat lower in height than the one... read more

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What Is a Brigadier? And as a GPS User, Why Do I Care?

January 22, 2015By
Col. William Cooley, Director, U.S.A.F. Global Positioning Systems Directorate.

This is the story we ran in GPS World magazine just moments after the announcement was made that Colonel William Cooley, Ph.D., director of the GPS Directorate, was nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Senate for appointment to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force (USAF). Colonel William Cooley, director of the Global Positioning Systems Directorate, has... read more

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Directions 2015: What It Takes to Make a Gold Standard

December 1, 2014By
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Last year in my “Directions” article, I emphasized the commitment made by the U.S. government to ensure GPS signals are available to all users, and I shared some of our excitement in the GPS Directorate regarding the modernized capabilities we are developing and fielding. This year I’d like to share with you progress we’ve made in the past 12 months, provide an update on the modernization initiatives, and challenge civil users and receiver companies to innovate and accelerate these modernized capabilities for users worldwide. read more

Latest Words from the Acquisition Guru of the World’s Gold Standard for PNT

September 1, 2014By
Col. William Cooley, Director, U.S.A.F. Global Positioning Systems Directorate.

Colonel William “Wild Bill” Cooley, director of the GPS Directorate at Space and Missile Systems Center, discusses CNAV signals, GPS IIF launches, and the OCX with Defense Editor Don Jewell. There is probably no busier United States Air Force officer than Colonel William “Wild Bill” Cooley, Ph.D., the director of the GPS Directorate at Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC),... read more

Directions 2014: Keeping Our Commitment to Civil Users

December 1, 2013By
Colonel William T. “Bill” Cooley.

The cliché “time flies when you’re having fun” accurately describes how quickly the past six months have passed for me. In a program as challenging, rewarding, and mission-critical as GPS, it is full-speed ahead all the time. As the GPS director, I am acutely aware of the importance of time — particularly high-accuracy time. Since declaring initial operational capability in December 1993, the extremely precise time service delivered by GPS has enabled numerous technological advances around the globe. read more