A Boeing satellite that millions of people rely on as a timing and navigation aid was launched Saturday in Florida and is in orbit and operating correctly.
The Boeing Global Positioning System IIF satellite relayed signals to controllers at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday showing it was functioning properly, the Chicago-based aerospace giant said in a release.
GPS IIF-7 was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-5 rocket from Cape Canaveral. It is the seventh of 12 such satellites Boeing has built for the U.S. Air Force, and the third on-orbit delivery this year.
"We are providing our Air Force partner and GPS users with a steady supply of advanced GPS IIFs," said Craig Cooning, president of Boeing Network & Space Systems. "Our robust launch tempo requires vigilance and attention to detail, and mission success is our top priority. We continue to partner with the Air Force and ULA to effectively execute the launch schedule."
Boeing and the Air Force will complete the full on-orbit checkout of the satellite next month. The GPS IIFs offer improved signal accuracy, better anti-jamming capability, longer design life and the new civilian L5 signal.
GPS IIF-8, slated for launch during the fourth quarter, arrived at Cape Canaveral on July 16 to undergo final launch preparations.