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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

NAVSTAR GPS Satellite Successfully Launched

Air Force Space technicians successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Delta II booster on December 21st which carried the fifth modernized Navigation System with Timing And Ranging (NAVSTAR) Global Positioning System satellite into space.

The NAVSTAR Global Positioning System satellite will assist in providing global coverage and increased performance of GPS services throughout the world. The new addition will provide:

- Increased signal power to receivers on the ground

- Two new military signals for improved accuracy

- Enhanced encryption and anti-jamming capabilities for the military

- An open access civil signal on a different frequency

The successful launch will benefit a number of sectors which rely on GPS such as mapping, aerial refueling, rendezvous operations, geodetic surveying, and rescue operations.