Third GPS Launch of 2014 Rocket launch at night

On Aug 1, the Air Force launched the seventh GPS Block IIF satellite into orbit.

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  • Report to Congress on Multi-Year Procurement of GPS III Satellites (Aug 11) In April, the Air Force submitted a report to Congress titled, "Global Positioning System III Space Segment Suitability for Multi-Year Procurement." The report was directed by the Senate Armed Services Committee. It does not constitute an Air Force position, but rather one option the Air Force is evaluating for procuring future GPS III satellites at a reduced unit price.
  • Aug 5 Newsletter Released (Aug 5) Headlines: Late-Summer Update on Air Force GPS Program Funding; Third Successful GPS Satellite Launch of 2014; GPS in U.S. Agriculture; Test Your GPS Knowledge
  • Congressional Newsletter Published July 21 (Jul 21) The latest issue of GPS Tracker includes updates on GPS program funding, LightSquared-related legislation, and recent Supreme Court action protecting location privacy in cell phones.
  • Defense Spending Bill on Track for GPS Budget Increase Compared to FY 2015 Request (Jul 18) Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the defense funding bill for FY 2015, providing $1.0369 billion for the Air Force GPS program. That is $23.4 million above the request. The committee concurred with the House's recommendation to add $30 million to GPS III advance procurement in order to continue buying two new satellites per year. The Senate appropriators offset the increase with a $6.6 million cut to GPS III launch support and on-orbit check-out. They also earmarked $20 million in development funds to mature an alternate digital payload for GPS III.
  • New GPS Tracker Newsletter Published (Jun 30) Our June 30 newsletter highlights the new legislation on GPS vehicle tracking, provides a status update on GPS appropriations, and describes two recent FCC activities related to GPS.
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