Boeing launches next gen satellite for Schriever

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the second of 12 Global Position System satellites that it is building for the U.S. Air Force.

The GPS satellites are monitored from Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

The satellite launched Saturday on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Controllers confirmed initial contacts and GPS signals from the payload will be turned on for test purposes in the coming days.

“The new satellite is orbiting in medium earth orbit. Boeing will continue to check both the payload and the system to verify its operations and will turn over the new satellite to the 50th Apace Wing at Schriever this fall.

GPS is a global utility providing highly accurate position, navigation and time services at no cost to billions of people are round the world. Originally developed for military use, GPS has been adopted as the foundation of modern communications, used in aviation, agriculture, mapping and transportation.