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By Technical Sgt. Mike Slater, Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
/ Published June 25, 2015
The 20th Anniversary of the Global Positioning System Full Operational Capability is July 17, 2015.
Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. marks the 20th anniversary of Global Positioning System achieving Full Operational Capability.(Artist's Illustration)
The GPS satellite constellation
The Air Force and the 45th Space Wing supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from Launch Complex 37, March 25, 2015, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., carrying the Air Force's ninth Block IIF-09 navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System at 2:36 p.m. EDT. (Courtesy photo/Mike Killian) (For limited release)
GPS Satellites II, IIR, IIF and III pictured over the Earth.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Logan Fountaine, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering flight journeyman from Ontario, N.Y., uses a data collector to input information and GPS grid coordinates Oct. 16, 2013, located at each headstone in Madingley American Cemetery, near Cambridge, England. The equipment was a base station to collect data from 24 GPS satellites in orbit. All the data from the project will be used to create an electronic map to allow families and friends of those Americans lost in World War II to pinpoint the location of their resting place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere/Released)
The many commercial uses of GPS.
Hi Res GPS art
Matt Wentz coordinates countdown checklists inside the 1st Space Operations Squadron's operations floor Sept. 25 as seconds tick away toward the launch of Global Positioning System IIR-M 15 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GPS IIR-M satellites offer a signal strength two to four times more powerful than their Block II predecessors. Mr. Wentz is a telemetry analyst with Lockheed Martin. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Don Branum)
GPS Block IIA satellite over the earth
CBS/60 Minutes correspondent Dave Martin interviews Brig. Gen. Bill Cooley (standing-left), director of the GPS directorate for the Space and Missile Systems Center, in front of a GPS-IIF satellite at the Boeing facility in El Segundo, California for a two-part segment on Air Force Space Command that aired April 26, 2015. (Photo by Maj Eric Simon)
Rendering of a GPS Block IIF on orbit. (courtesy graphic)
CBS/60 Minutes correspondent Dave Martin (right) interviews Brig. Gen. Bill Cooley, director of the GPS directorate for the Space and Missile Systems Center, inside a special satellite test chamber at the Boeing facility in El Segundo, California for a two-part segment on Air Force Space Command that aired April 26, 2015. (Photo by Maj Eric Simon)
Senior Airman John Tranum uses a PRC-117 multiband tactical radio to communicate with aircraft while Airman 1st Class Steve Vonack uses a PSN-13 defense advance GPS receiver to mark the target locations during an exercise May 29 on the Pacific Alaska Range Complex in Alaska. Airmen Tranum and Vonack are assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party from Fort Wainwright, Alaska. 3rd ASOS members coordinate, request, and control close air support, theater airlift, and reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder)
SrA Mark Peterson, 755th EMSG/ECES, uses a GPS rover to collect data points while surveying the 840-acre site of a new training compound for the Afghan National Army. (U.S. Air Force photo)
The new GPS guided Screamer 2K bundle, Joint Precision Air Drop System, fall out of the back of a C-130 Hercules over Afghanistan Aug. 26, 2006 over. The drop was made from 17,500 feet above mean sea level, and was the first joint Air Force Army operational drop of JPADS in the Central Command Area of Responsibility. Four bundles were dropped from the Alaska Air National Guard C-130. The system is designed to provide precision airdrops from high altitudes, elimination the treat of small arms fire. All four bundles arrived at the drop zone, less than 25 meters from the desired target.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)
Two JPADS slowly guide themselves to the ground following their drop from a C-130J aircraft June 16, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev. The JPADS are unique in that they are equipped with GPS units allowing them to drift to a specific point set by the user. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. David McCarthy)
Employees at the Lockheed Martin plant in Valley Forge, Pa., prepare GPS IIR(M)-20 for shipment to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite, scheduled to launch June 30, is the last of the IIR-series GPS satellites the Air Force is receiving from Lockheed Martin. (Lockheed Martin photo/Stephen B. Griffin)
YOKOTA AIR BASE, JAPAN -- Staff Sergeant Kevin Howell, from the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron, screws in wiring while setting up Global Positioning Statellite (GPS) equipment on June 21, 2007. The equipment is designed to transmit GPS mapping data to satellites in order to improve existing satellite maps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Jonathan Fowler)
A Learjet, standing in for a Remotely Piloted Aircraft, flies into refueling position during Automated Aerial Refueling flights that tested Precision GPS algorithms and advanced sensors. (AFRL Image)
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Alaska state biologist Sean Farley and Staff Sgt. Brian Cole prepare to put ear tags on the sedated bear July 10. Farley teamed up with Elmendorf military conservation agents to tag and collar the bear with a GPS locator to track its movements throughout the state. Cole is a member of the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Carbajal)