Boeing on Wednesday announced that its third production GPS IIF satellite is ready for its Oct. 4 launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The SVN-65 is the third of 12 GPS IIF satellites that Boeing is building for the U.S. Air Force in an effort to modernize the network with improved atomic clock technology and a more jam-resistant military signal.
Boeing said it has three more launch-ready GPS IIFs and another six that are currently in production.
"Boeing has worked alongside the Air Force for many years to continuously sustain and improve the GPS constellation," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. "This new fleet of 12 GPS IIFs will form the core of the GPS constellation for the next decade."