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Successful GPS launch
30/10/2014

GPS IIF-8 was launched from Cape Canaveral on 29 October.

Met Office's new supercomputer
28/10/2014

The new supercomputer will 'cement the UK's position as a world leader in weather and climate prediction'.

European Satellite Navigation Competition Winners
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An international jury of over 240 experts from public institutions, research areas and industry have evaluated the entries.

Back to Zulu . .
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GPS IIF-8 Launch
21/10/2014

The next GPS launch is scheduled for 29 October from Cape Canaveral.

Successful Indian navsat launch
16/10/2014

IRNSS-1C - the 3rd satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) - was launched this morning.

Successful GPS launch

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GPS IIF-8 was launched from Cape Canaveral on 29 October.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 was launched at 1321 local (1721 UTC), with signal acquisition about 3.5 hours later.

GPS IIF-8 - assigned SVN-69/PRN-03 - is due to replace SVN-51 in slot E1. SVN-51 will be re-phased from E1 to an auxiliary node. SVN-69 is expected to enter full operational service during December.

The current GPS constellation now comprises 38 satellites, 31 of which are active.

This was the 4th and last launch of a GPS 2F satellite this year. Launches of the remaining 4 IIF satellites are planned for:
- IIF-9: March 2015
- IIF-10: June 2015
- IIF-11: September 2015
- IIF-12: January 2016

Launch of the first of the next-generation GPS III satellites is now expected in December 2016. Development of the satellites and the associated Operational Control Segment (OCX) has slipped by around 2 years.

Details from Boeing and Space News below . .


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