Launch Success for Newest GPS Satellite Rocket launch seen from crowded beach

On July 15, the Air Force launched the tenth GPS Block IIF spacecraft into space. It will spend several weeks in check-out before entering service. (Image courtesy ULA)

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  • Appropriators Recommend $10M in Civil GPS Funding (Jul 9) On June 25, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its transportation appropriations package, including $10 million out of the $27 million requested for civil GPS requirements. This matches the House mark. The measure also funds other civil GPS-related programs, including WAAS. The Senate report includes reporting requirements on WAAS and space-based ADS-B.
  • Senate Appropriators Support GPS III Rescission (Jun 15) On June 11, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its FY 2016 defense spending bill with full funding for the Air Force GPS program. However, the bill supports the House rescission of $30 million from the FY 2015 budget for GPS III advance procurement.
  • House Appropriators Propose Rescission for GPS III (Jun 3) Yesterday, the full House Appropriations Committee passed its defense spending bill, which would fund the Air Force GPS program at $936.775 million, $2 million below the request. The bill would also rescind (take back) $30 million in FY 2015 funds previously appropriated for GPS III advance procurement.
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