2/21/2014 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. -- The U. S. Air Force successfully launched the fifth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle at 8:59 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Feb. 20.
The Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite will join the GPS constellation
providing world class space-based positioning, navigation and timing
capabilities to support users around the globe. The new capabilities of
the IIF satellites will provide greater navigational accuracy through
improvements in atomic clock technology, a more robust signal for
commercial aviation and safety-of-life applications, known as the new
third civil signal (L5), a second civil signal (L2C) available for the
dual frequency GPS receivers and a 12-year design life providing
long-term service. These upgrades improve anti-jam capabilities for the
warfighter and improve security for military and civil users around the
"I am pleased with the outcome of today's launch. The new capabilities
provided by the IIF satellites will improve operations, sustainment and
overall GPS service for the warfighter, international, commercial and
civil communities," said Col. Bill Cooley, director of the Space and
Missile Systems Center's Global Positioning Systems Directorate.
"The modernized capabilities that are coming on board with the
successful launch of GPS IIF-5 will support the worldwide GPS community
for years to come. I would like to recognize the outstanding commitment
and the superb dedication to mission success from the 45th and 50th
Space Wings, our industry partners: Boeing and United Launch Alliance,
and the GPS IIF and Delta IV program teams at the Space and Missile
Systems Center," said he said.
GPS provides accurate real time position, navigation and timing services
and plays a major role in information resources supporting a variety of
civil, scientific and commercial functions on land, sea, and air.
Operated by U.S. Air Force Space Command, the GPS constellation provides
precise services worldwide 24-hours a day, and the Air force is
committed to providing improved capabilities to ensure users around the
globe receive the maximum benefits provided by GPS.
The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located
at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force's center of
acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space
systems. Its portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications,
defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems,
satellite control networks, space based infrared systems and space
situational awareness capabilities.
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