Modernized GPS satellite launched successfully

Modernized GPS satellite launched successfully


Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA, 25 September 2006: A modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite – designated GPS IIR-15(M) – built by Lockheed Martin was launched successfully today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The satellite is the second in a series of eight modernized GPS Block IIR spacecraft that Lockheed Martin Navigation Systems is developing for its customer, the Global Positioning Systems Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

The spacecraft are the most technologically advanced GPS satellites ever developed and are designed to provide significantly improved navigation performance for U.S. military and civilian users worldwide.

The satellite will join the first modernized IIR satellite, GPS IIR-14(M), successfully launched and declared operational last year and 12 other operational Block IIR satellites currently on-orbit within the overall 29-spacecraft constellation.

Lockheed Martin is also leading a team competing to build the next- generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS Block III. The new program will address the challenging military transformational and civil needs across the globe, including advanced anti-jam capabilities and improved system security, accuracy and reliability.