Launch Success for New GPS Satellite Rocket launch

On October 31, the Air Force launched the eleventh GPS Block IIF spacecraft into space. It will spent several weeks in check-out before entering operational service.

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  • President Signs GPS-Related Legislation (Nov 30) On November 25, President Obama signed both the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262). The NDAA authorizes $936.775M for the Air Force GPS program in Fiscal Year 2016. H.R. 2262 codifies the support that the Department of Commerce provides to the National Coordination Office for Space-Based PNT.
  • Senate Passes Bill Mentioning National Coordination Office (Nov 13) On November 10, the Senate passed H.R. 2262, an updated version of the SPACE Act of 2015 that the House approved in May. The legislation includes a provision concerning the Commerce Department's support for the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing.
  • Revised NDAA Adjusts GPS Program Funding (Nov 6) On November 5, the House passed a revised National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), following the veto of the previous version. The new bill reduces the GPS IIF line item by $2 million, citing "Unjustified support growth", but otherwise recommends full funding for the Air Force GPS program.
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