Fri, Jan 16, 2004
System satellite IIR-10, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station Dec. 21, is now fully operational.
"It is officially 'turned on' for the warfighter as of Jan. 12,"
said Capt. Thomas R. Ste. Marie, an Air Force launch controller
with the 1st Space Launch Squadron. "IIR-10 will appear on GPS user
sets as the number 22 and is visible locally from 10:41 p.m. to
4:56 a.m. today. Each day, the time window slips four minutes
This particular satellite has replaced another that began
running low on power.
It is expected to provide military, commercial and civilian
users worldwide with increased positioning and timing accuracy for
the next 10 years.
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