Longest Operating GPS System Satellite Reaches 20th Year in Orbit

gps system satellite constellationGlobal positioning system GPS Block IIA-10 (SVN-23) was launched in November 1990, according to the U.S. Air Force. The global positioning system satellite was the first in the series of GPS IIA satellites to be launched with a design life of 7.5 years. To date, the satellite has operated longer than any other satellite and is predicted to last another 12 to 18 months. The GPS satellite has certainly done its job of providing services to the world.

The GPS system satellite built by Boeing, formerly Rockwell Corporation. “Boeing has a solid history of delivering satellites that live beyond their contractual lives,” said Craig Cooning, the vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems.

Modernization efforts are underway to provide new space-based capabilities to ensure GPS remains the gold standard for positioning, navigation and timing service worldwide. GPS will deliver sustained reliable GPS capabilities to all types of users. The GPS constellation remains healthy, stable and robust with 31 operational satellites.

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