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Air Force launches new GPS bird

Published: March 5, 2014, 11:07 am, by Tom Roeder

space commandThe Air Force successfully launched a new Global Position System satellite into orbit from Florida on Feb. 20.
Air Force Space Command said the Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite will join the GPS constellation providing navigation and timing capabilities to users woldwide.
“The new capabilities of the IIF satellites will provide greater navigational accuracy through improvements in atomic clock technology, a more robust signal for commercial aviation and safety-of-life applications, known as the new third civil signal, a second civil signal available for the dual frequency GPS receivers and a 12-year design life providing long-term service,” Space Command said. “These upgrades improve anti-jam capabilities for the warfighter and improve security for military and civil users around the world.”