GPS IIF completes on-orbit checkout

Jun. 30, 2014
 
Boeing illustration of a GPS IIF satellite in orbit
Boeing illustration of a GPS IIF satellite in orbit (Boeing - Erik Simonsen illustration / Boeing)

The sixth GPS IIF satellite has successfully completed its on-orbit checkout.

The satellite was launched from May 16 from Cape Canaveral Air For Station, Florida. The next launch is scheduled for this fall.

”We have built all twelve GPS IIF satellites using our advanced production processes, with the spacecraft ready to launch on request by the Air Force,” said Craig Cooning, vice president of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems, in a company news release. “We’re also continuing to work with the Air Force to improve the efficiency of our final checkouts before launch and on-orbit, ensuring each GPS IIF enters operation smoothly and quickly. This approach supports the Air Force in maintaining an aggressive launch schedule.”

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