Space Force Says Eighth GPS III Satellite Available for Launch

The U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command recently declared the eighth GPS III satellite as “Available for Launch.”  GPS III SV06, SV07, and SV08 are ready for launch and are located at Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] GPS III Processing Facility in Waterton, Colo.

The first of the three recently completed satellites, SV06, is scheduled to launch in 2022 and will join the operational constellation of 31 GPS satellites, Space Force said.

GPS III also expands the civilian L5 signal, currently broadcast by the 12 GPS IIF satellites, but not yet operational, delivers a new L1C signal designed to grant interoperability to similar international space-based position, navigation and timing systems worldwide, Space Force said.

Contact:  Space Systems Command, (310) 653-1131, smcpa.media@us.af.mil, www.ssc.spaceforce.mil.

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