by SMC Public Affairs
SPACE & MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER (AFSPC)
10/29/2014 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The
U.S. Air Force successfully launched the Boeing-built eighth Global
Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite aboard an ULA Atlas V rocket
from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., at 1:21 p.m.
"I'm delighted with the outcome of today's launch. Thanks to the men and
women of SMC, the 45th, 50th and 310th Space Wings; Boeing; ULA; the
Aerospace Corporation; and the GPS IIF and Atlas V launch teams
ceaseless efforts, commitment, dedication, and focus on mission success,
we successfully launched the fourth GPS IIF space vehicle this year,"
said Col. Bill Cooley, director of Space and Missile Systems Center's
Global Positioning Systems Directorate. "Today's launch demonstrates our
commitment to users around the globe that GPS is the gold standard for
position navigation and timing and will continue to deliver capabilities
for the foreseeable future," he said.
The Boeing-built GPS IIF satellites provide improved signals that
enhance the precise global positioning, navigation and timing services
supporting both the warfighter and the growing civilian needs of our
global economy. The GPS IIF satellites will provide improved accuracy
through advanced atomic clocks, a longer design life than previous GPS
satellites, and a new operational third civil signal (L5) that benefits
commercial aviation and safety-of-life applications. It will also
continue to deploy the modernized capabilities that began with the GPS
IIR satellites, including a more robust military signal.
The GPS constellation is healthy, stable and robust with 31-operational
satellites orbiting the Earth delivering improved and enhanced GPS
capabilities to our warfighting forces and for the nation. Operated by
U.S. Air Force Space Command, the GPS constellation provides precise
positioning, navigation and timing services worldwide seven days a week,
24-hours a day.
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 the Global Positioning System, military
satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space
launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based
infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.
Media representatives who would like to submit questions or interview a
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e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-653-2377.