Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems has given the 8th satellite in the GPS 2F series of positioning, navigation and timing satellites to the U.S. Air Force. The GPS 2F-8 satellite was launched on October 29 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The GPS 2F satellites give advanced atomic clocks, better accuracy and improved resistance to jamming compared to the previous generation of GPS satellites which are still in service. The launch also helps bolster a GPS fleet whose satellites are beginning to show their age, Air Force officials say.
GPS 2F-8 will replace an older satellite, which was launched 14 years ago in 2000. The older satellite will be used as reserve. The current GPS constellation comprises of 38 satellites, 31 of which are in active mode.
The next satellite in the series, the GPS 2F-9, is slated to launch in March from Cape Canaveral aboard a ULA Delta 4, according to an unofficial NASA launch manifest.
Ref: Space News