Boeing, U.S. Air Force partnership to sustain, advance GPS satellite constellations
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Boeing (NYSE:BA) and U.S. Air Force officials have signed a global positioning system (GPS) sustainment agreement to ensure the robust, satellite-based navigation capabilities relied upon by millions of military and commercial users.
Under the agreement, Boeing will support GPS IIA and IIF satellites currently on orbit for the next five years. Boeing has been the prime GPS contractor for more than 40 years, and is now part of the Air Force effort intended to lead to the next generation of GPS satellites.
“This agreement continues Boeing’s strong legacy of GPS innovation and mission support,” says Dan Hart, vice president, Government Satellite Systems. “We are focused on delivering reliable, affordable, and resilient GPS capability now and for generations to come.”
Collectively, Boeing GPS satellites have accrued more than 550 years of on-orbit operation. In March 2016, the company delivered its 50th GPS satellite on orbit to the Air Force. Boeing has built more than two-thirds of the GPS satellites that have entered service since 1978.
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