Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems shipped the third of 12 planned GPS 2F navigation satellites to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida from the company’s El Segundo, Calif., facilities July 9, the company announced July 25.
The U.S. Air Force satellite will now undergo preflight checkout, fueling and integration in preparation for an early October launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket, Boeing said in a press release.
Boeing has launched two GPS 2F satellites since 2010. Of the remaining nine GPS 2F satellites Boeing is under contract to build, three are complete and in storage and six are being assembled and tested, Boeing said in the release.
“As each IIF satellite becomes operational, we continue the seamless transformation of the GPS constellation into an even more accurate, reliable and durable navigation resource for the U.S. military and the global civilian user community,” Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, said in the release.