The 3rd GPS IIF Satellite of 2014 Successfully Launched

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August 2nd, 2014, Cape Canaveral, FL – Early Saturday morning, after an approximate 3 1/2 hours of flight, the GPS IIF satellite vehicle finally separated from the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, and took its place in semi-synchronous orbit with 6 of its siblings at an altitude of just under 10,900 nautical miles. The 7th of a planned 12, GPS IIF or Follow-on, is an interim class of GPS satellite designed as a stopgap measure to maintain a functional GPS system until the GPS IIIA satellites enter operational service.

In an ongoing effort to modernize the entire GPS system, Boeing’s GPS IIF satellites bring many core improvements for both military and civilian users. A brief outline of these evolved capabilities are:

- 3rd civil signal on L5 frequency (L5)
- Advanced atomic clocks
- Improved accuracy, signal strength, and quality
- 12-year design lifespan

GPS IIF-7 Satellite Launch

GPS IIF-7 Satellite Launch (Credit/ULA)

Perhaps the most impactful of these new improvements is the L5 signal. L5 is a U.S. signal designation that is reserved solely for aviation. In light of the many recent aviation tragedies, L5 holds the promise of significantly improved safety in aviation transportation.

Beyond aviation, L5 will act as the 3rd, and most advanced, civilian GPS signal. When used in combination with the 1st two GPS signals, L1 C/A and L2C, L5 could provide position accuracy in feet, versus meters. The new GPS IIF-7 satellite will undergo a battery of tests, and is expected to join active operational service in the GPS constellation by September of this year.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2014/08/03/the-seventh-next-gen-gps-satellite-is-now-in-orbit/

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Cutting-Edge GPS Tracking Systems

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Since 2004, Chicago-area based EasyTracGPS has been the global leader in delivering cutting-edge GPS tracking systems that continue to make the world a smaller place.

The landscape is not trending towards change, change has already arrived. Mobile GPS tracking applications and wireless connectivity have become intertwined in the very fabric of our global society. GPS tracking is now a critical component in government actionspublic and private fleet strategies, law enforcement tactics, mobile workforce management, private investigations, personal protection and security, offender monitoring programs, and the list continues to grow. 

To level the playing field and remain competitive, many of those previously resistant to GPS tracking now support it as part of their overall strategy. The machine-to-machine and vehicle telematics markets have matured to the point that costs have been driven down, and prior barriers to entry have been diminished. The high level of visibility and control that a world-class GPS tracking system offers, coupled with lower associated costs, fosters an environment where investment in a solution is simply too sensible to ignore. The many benefits easily offset and greatly outweigh the expense.

If you are among those seeking a quantum-leap in efficiency, effectiveness, security, and profitability, then look no further. From global fleet tracking to the monitoring of mental health patients, EasyTracGPS understands and can deliver an integrated solution, tailor-made to your specific needs. Our GPS tracking devices and SAAS (software-as-a-service) platforms address every scenario, and can accommodate every request, no matter how minor.

Our team of dedicated support specialists offers a personalized and passionate level of service to all of our clients. Our technology experts and software engineers continue to introduce solutions that stand head and shoulders above their counterparts. Moving forward, through continued deployment of our core GPS tracking products, we stand ready to help your organization achieve all of its goals and objectives. Your success is our success. We would love to be of service and look forward to hearing from you.

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