New Global Positioning System Satellite is Launched into Space

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On October 4th of 2012, the brand new Global Position System satellite, labeled the Block IIF, was launched into space. Prior to its launch, a corporation called the Space and Missile systems center and workers from Space Wings, ran checks of the satellite over a period of three weeks. This was required before allowing the device to be placed among thirty other GPS satellites in the constellation designated for GPS satellites. Control of this device was given to a division of the Air Force on October 26th of 2012.


This Global Positioning System satellite is specifically designed to transmit digital radio signals to receivers on the ground. Millions of people will make use of this device over the course of its time in space, making it necessary for the device to be highly durable and well programmed. Not only is it used by the military, but civilians will also use it commonly in their every day lives. It is intended to assist both military personnel and civilians around the world to be able to better calculate their speed, time and location.


This specific satellite is among the fifth generation series of the global positioning spacecraft that have been set into the GPS constellation. It is equipped with new and upgraded timing technology. Additionally, a higher tech military signal has been programmed into the device. This will allow for a clearer signal that resists jamming. Having a clear and jam-free signal is essential in military operations. Not only is has the signal designed for the military been improved, but also the civilian signal has been designed with a higher power frequency.


Because of its high tech design and stronger system, the new global positioning system satellite has been created to operate efficiently in orbit for a total of 12 years. It has also been designed with reprogrammable processor. This processor is made to be capable of receiving updates to its software and programming.  This uploads will allow it to operate at maximum efficiency during its lifespan. Designers hope to launch the next Global Positioning Block IIF spacecraft by May of 2013.

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