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GPS satellite SVN-77/GPS III SV04 set healthy for use

December 3, 2020  - By

The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center has issued a notice that GPS satellite SVN-77 (PRN-14) was set healthy for initial use on Dec. 2 at 0131Z. This follows the U.S. Space Force announcement that the satellite, the fourth GPS III (SV04), received Operational Acceptance approval on Dec. 1.

SVN-77 is the 23rd satellite to broadcast L2C, the second civil GPS signal at 1227.6 MHz. L2C is not yet designated as “operational” by the U.S. Space Force.

However, the L2C signal is set to healthy, and users can utilize this signal at their own risk.

The U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin-built next generation GPS III satellite on orbit. Rendering portrays GPS III Space Vehicles (SVs) 01-10. (Artist's Rendering: Lockheed Martin)

The U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin-built next generation GPS III satellite on orbit. Rendering portrays GPS III Space Vehicles (SVs) 01-10. (Artist’s Rendering: Lockheed Martin)

SVN-77 is the 16th satellite to begin broadcasting the third civil GPS signal, L5, specifically designed for aviation use in an internationally protected band of spectrum designated for aeronautical navigation at 1176.45 MHz. L5 continues to broadcast an unhealthy designation.

SVN-77 is the fourth satellite broadcasting the new L1C signal at 1575.42 MHz.

The next GPS III satellite, SVN-78, initially scheduled to launch in January, will launch no earlier than July  1, 2021.

About the Author:


Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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