The U.S. Space Force Global Positioning System (GPS) III Space Vehicle 05 (SV05) joins a constellation of more than 30 GPS satellites that provide precise positioning, navigation, and timing information to more than 4 billion users worldwide. The GPS III satellites add a multitude of new capabilities, including a new “L1C” (civil) signal that is shared with our European partners’ system, Galileo; enhanced signal power for our U.S. and allied military users; a hardened design for a longer life on orbit; and improved security and resilience to operate through the increasingly contested environment in space. Once SV05 completes checkout on orbit, it will be known by its operational number, GPS SVN78.
Through partnership with allies and industry, the United States Space Force is advancing critical space capabilities and enhancing flexibility and resiliency for National Security Space missions. GPS III leveraged those partnerships to ensure the fifth GPS III space vehicle was successfully integrated on a launch vehicle and delivered to orbit. GPS III SV05 is the first National Security Space mission launched on previously flown hardware.
The GPS III team selected the name “ARMSTRONG” for SV05 in honor of a groundbreaking pioneer that made history by setting the standard for technical achievement in space. As foundational technology for the internet, finance, transportation, and agriculture, GPS delivers the gold standard in precise positioning, navigation, and timing services supporting U.S. and allied operations around the world.
The GPS III team selected the name “ARMSTRONG” for SV05 in keeping with their tradition of naming satellites after pioneers that have inspired the team with their cutting-edge scientific prowess, fierce adventuring spirit, and enthusiastic determination to carry out the mission. GPS provides worldwide precise position, navigation, and timing capability to more than 4 billion people daily.
It’s not just navigation! More than 4 billion people worldwide rely on the Global Positioning System (GPS) for everything from farming to weather forecasting to stock trading. Launched in June 2021, GPS III SV05 was nicknamed “ARMSTRONG” as a symbol of embracing new technology and innovative satellite production. SV05 is the first GPS satellite to use a new solar panel design that is more efficient and provides more power to the satellite
GPS chose to honor Neil Armstrong’s legacy as the program once again ventures to new technological heights. The capabilities that GPS III adds to the global mission are small steps in the larger leap of pioneering the future of satellite-based navigation. The U.S. Space Force Global Positioning System (GPS) is a critical national asset that supports national and global security, public safety and economic prosperity for the United States.
GPS III SV05 “ARMSTRONG” is joining the operational GPS constellation that provides precise positioning, navigation, and timing information to more than 4 billion users worldwide. GPS III satellites provide signals that are 3x more accurate and up to 8x more powerful than previous generations! This means improved performance for users around the world and better jamming resistance for critical military missions.
The GPS III program honors Neil Armstrong’s legacy of venturing to new technological heights. GPS III SV05 “ARMSTRONG” represents the priority of the United States Space Force to delivering new capabilities at operationally relevant speeds and accelerating innovation. GPS supports critical financial, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure, globally. GPS provides an estimated $74 billion in economic benefit to the U.S. economy annually and has contributed over $1.4 trillion since it was made available for civilian and commercial use in the 1980s.
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