Air Force Successfully Launches GPS IIF-12 Satellite
(Feb 5) The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the 12th Boeing-built Global Positioning System GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 8:38 a.m. EST (5:38 a.m. PST). More
45th Space Wing Supports Air Force GPS IIF-12 Launch Aboard an Atlas V
(Feb 5) The 45th Space Wing supported the U.S. Air Force's twelfth launch of a Boeing-built Global Positioning System IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from Space Launch Complex 41 on Feb. 5 at 8:38 a.m. EST. More
GPS Tracking Super Bowl 50
(Feb 4) Whether you're cheering for the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers - or just waiting to see the new TV commercials - the constellation of satellites known as the Global Positioning System will be there. More
Air Force Ready to Launch Final GPS IIF-Series Satellite
(Feb 3) The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners are set to launch the 12th and final Boeing-built Global Positioning System GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. Liftoff is scheduled for Feb. 5 from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch window opens at 8:38 a.m. EST (5:38 a.m. PST) and will remain open for 19 minutes. More
GPS Ground System Anomaly
(Feb 1) On 26 January at 12:49 a.m. MST, the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at the 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., verified users were experiencing GPS timing issues. More
Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert on Global Navigation Satellite Systems
(Jan 19) It is important to remember to use all available means for navigation and maintain proficiency so you can still navigate should your primary GPS fail. All operators should be aware, vigilant, and immediately report GPS disruptions to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN). More
- Coast Guard Bill Includes Language on E-LORAN (Feb 1) This week, the House of Representatives plans to vote on the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, which includes new guidance and authority concerning "Disposition of Infrastructure Related to E-LORAN". The bill passed the House in December and was adopted with an amendment in the Senate.
- National Coordination Office Recognized by Rep. Lamborn (Jan 8) On January 5, 2016, the Congressional Record published Congressman Doug Lamborn's (R-CO) remarks recognizing the National Coordination Office (NCO) on its ten year anniversary. The Congressman said, "Earlier this year I worked with the NCO at a Space Power Caucus event on GPS. As chairman of the caucus, I presided over this event and was impressed by the educational information on how GPS works, how it affects our daily lives and critical infrastructure, and ongoing government efforts to maintain GPS as the gold standard for PNT around the world. The transparent operations of the NCO keep track of these vital efforts and inform the EXCOM agencies, Congress, and the public on Space-based PNT."
- Final Omnibus Funds Air Force GPS Program in FY 2016, Rescinds $30M from FY 2015 (Dec 18) On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 2029) into law. The omnibus funding measure provides $936.775 million to the Air Force GPS program in FY 2016. This represents a reduction of $2 million versus the President's request, with the cut applied to the GPS IIF program. Appropriators also rescinded $30 million of funds previously appropriated for GPS III advance procurement.