With the GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 03 receiving USSF’s Operational Acceptance approval, The United States Space Force (USSF)


Space Vehicle, The Space and the Missile Systems Center achieved another major Global Positioning System (GPS) milestone.

Lockheed Martin have built the GPS III satellites. They provide precise positioning, navigation and timing information with three times better accuracy, and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capability than previous generations of GPS satellites. This is the third GPS III satellite which has received operational acceptance in less than a year.

SV03 was the second National Security Space Launch (NSSL) mission launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on June 30. This was the first NSSL mission where a Launch Service Provider recovered a booster, along with SpaceX successfully recovering the primary stage and fairings as a part of the launch.

According to a report by GPSDaily, Lt. Col. Michael Schriever, 2nd Space Operations Squadron commander said that they are adding GPS warfighter capability and resiliency with each new GPS III satellite. The onboarding of GPS III SV03 enables their first use of cross link commanding capability for assured nuclear detection. With the GPS III SV03 addition to the constellation, their modernized signals capable satellites increase to 22 vehicles. This results in nearly a fully capable Military-Code constellation, which their space warfighters will operate to deliver expanded capabilities to the joint force.

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