Release Number: 030715
7/15/2015 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The
U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the 10th
Boeing-built Global Positioning System IIF satellite aboard a United
Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41,
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida. at 11:36 a.m. EDT.
"Today's successful launch is a testament to the outstanding team work
of government and industry partners' commitment to mission success. The
GPS IIF satellites are critical for GPS constellation global service for
years to come," said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems
Center commander. "Thanks to the men and women of SMC, the 45th, 50th,
310th Space Wings, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, The Aerospace
Corporation, the GPS IIF, and the Atlas V launch teams, we are
sustaining and modernizing the world's greatest space-based, precise
positioning, navigation and timing service,"
The Boeing-built GPS IIF satellites provide improved signals to support
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.
Operated by U.S. Air Force Space Command, the GPS constellation provides
worldwide positioning and navigation support seven days a week,
24-hours a day. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the GPS System
achieving Full Operational Capability.
Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, 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.