by Space and Missile Systems Center Public Affairs
10/31/2015 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. -- The
U.S. Air Force successfully launched its 11th and next-to-last
Boeing-built Global Positioning System GPS IIF series satellite aboard a
United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 launch vehicle from Space Launch
Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 12:13 p.m. EDT
(9:13 a.m. PDT).
"The successful outcome of today's mission is due to the tremendous
commitment of a world class team focused on mission success," said Col.
Steve Whitney, director of the Space and Missile Systems Center's Global
Positioning Systems Directorate. "I am pleased to say it's truly an
honor and privilege to be part of a mission that plays such a critical
role in our nation's infrastructure. To the men and women of SMC, the
45th, 50th, 310th Space Wings, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, The
Aerospace Corporation, GPS IIF and the Atlas V launch teams, thank you!"
GPS IIF satellites provide improved signals to support both the
warfighter and the growing civilian needs of a global economy. Featuring
a new operational third civil signal -- L5 -- that benefits commercial
aviation and safety-of-life applications, the GPS IIF series provides
improved accuracy through advanced atomic clocks, a longer design life
than previous GPS satellites on orbit.
The GPS constellation is healthy, stable and robust with two GPS IIAs,
12 GPS IIRs, seven GPS IIR-Ms, and 10 GPS IIF satellites on orbit
providing precise global positioning, navigation, and timing services to
users around the globe.
Operated by Air Force Space Command's 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air
Force Base, located east of Colorado Springs, Colo., the GPS
constellation provides precise positioning, navigation and timing
services worldwide as a free service provided by the U.S. Air Force,
seven days a week, 24-hours a day.
SMC, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif., is
the 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