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7th Boeing GPS IIF Delivered to Orbit and Operational; Third launch this year in Boeing-Air Force GPS modernization effort

August 4, 2014



ENP Newswire - 04 August 2014

Release date- 02082014 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla.- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite, launched late yesterday, has sent the signals to controllers that confirm it is currently operating properly within the constellation that millions of people rely on for timing and navigation information.

GPS IIF-7 was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-5 rocket from Cape Canaveral. It is the seventh of 12 such satellites Boeing has built for the U.S. Air Force, and the third on-orbit delivery this year.

'We are providing our Air Force partner and GPS users with a steady supply of advanced GPS IIFs,' said Craig Cooning, president of Boeing Network & Space Systems. 'Our robust launch tempo requires vigilance and attention to detail, and mission success is our top priority. We continue to partner with the Air Force and ULA to effectively execute the launch schedule.'

Boeing and the Air Force will complete the full on-orbit checkout of the satellite next month. The GPS IIFs offer improved signal accuracy, better anti-jamming capability, longer design life and the new civilian L5 signal.

GPS IIF-8, slated for launch during the fourth quarter, arrived at Cape Canaveral on July 16 to undergo final launch preparations.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

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Contact:

Paula Shawa

Space & Intelligence Systems

Office: 310-364-7362

Mobile: 714-290-3975

paula.r.shawa@boeing.com


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