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Space Foundation honors GPS airmen

Published: March 5, 2014, 11:12 am, by Tom Roeder

GPSAirmen who run the military’s Global Positioning System will receive the 2014 Space Achievement Award from the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation.
“The 2014 Space Achievement Award is presented to the GPS System Program Office, for 20 years of excellence in changing the way the world navigates and communicates through the development, launch, modernization and continuous improvement of the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System,” Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham said in a statement.
The satellites, which send a timing signal to Earth that’s used to calculate location, are overseen by the 5Oth Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
The timing signal, first used in combat in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, has since come into widespread civilian use, for navigation, and more importantly, for timing signals that run gear including the Internet.
The award will be given during May’s National Space Symposium at The Broadmoor — a massive trade show that covers all things in orbit.