Satnews Daily
February 18th, 2014

ULA Updated Launch Report For Air Force's GPS IIF-5 Satelite Launch On Thursday


[SatNews] GPS utilizes 24 satellites, in six different planes, with a minimum of four satellites per plane...

The Air Force’s GPS IIF-5 launch is set to liftoff on a ULA Delta IV rocket on Thursday, February 20 from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The 19-minute launch window opens at 8:40 p.m. EST.

SATELLITE COORDINATES

ALL TIMES EASTERN STANDARD TIME
BARS AND TONE – 7:50 P.M.
PROGRAM START – 8:20 P.M.
LAUNCH WINDOW – 8:40 – 8:59 P.M.
 
TRANSMISSION FOR DIGITAL HIGH DEFINITON
SATELLITE: SES 2
TRANSPONDER: 21
BAND: C-Band Digital
ORBITAL POSITION: 87 degrees west
CARRIER: SES Americom
HD BANDWIDTH: 18 MHz (half transponder ‘AB’)
DOWNLINK FREQ: 4111 MHz (Horizontal)
UPLINK FREQ: 6336 MHz (Vertical)
SYMBOL RATE: 13
FEC: ¾
DATA RATE: 17.9705
DVBS-QPSK
MPEG-2
AUDIO EMBEDDED
 
TRANSMISSION FOR DIGITAL STANDARD DEFINITON
SATELLITE: SES 2
TRANSPONDER: 21
BAND: C-Band Digital
ORBITAL POSITION: 87 degrees west
CARRIER: SES Americom
HD BANDWIDTH: 9 MHz (quarter transponder ‘C’)
DOWNLINK FREQ: 4124.5 MHz (Horizontal)
UPLINK FREQ: 6349.5 MHz (Vertical)
SYMBOL RATE: 6.1113
FEC: ¾
DATA RATE: 8.448
DVBS-QPSK
MPEG-2
AUDIO EMBEDDED
 
Weather Forecast
Overall probability of violating weather constraints:  20%
Primary concern(s):  Cumulus Clouds, Solar Activity
 
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay:  30%
Primary concern(s):  Flight through Precipitation, Solar Activity

GPS IIF-5 SATELLITE | Overview
The Navstar GPS is a constellation of satellites that provides navigation data to military and civilian users worldwide. The system is operated and controlled by the 50th Space Wing, located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

GPS utilizes 24 satellites, in six different planes, with a minimum of four satellites per plane, positioned in orbit approximately 11,000 miles above the Earth’s surface. The satellites continuously transmit digital radio signals pertaining to the exact time (using atomic clocks) and exact location of the satellites. The GPS IIF series have a design life of 12 years. With the proper equipment, users can receive these signals to calculate time, location, and velocity. The signals are so accurate that time can be measured to within a millionth of a second, velocity within a fraction of a mile per hour, and location to within feet. Receivers have been developed for use in aircraft, ships, land vehicles, and to hand carry.

As a result of increased civil and commercial use as well as experience in military operations, the USAF has added the following capabilities and technologies to the GPS IIF series to sustain the space and control segments while improving mission performance:

Two times greater predicted signal accuracy than heritage satellites.
New L5 signals for more robust civil and commercial aviation.
An on-orbit, reprogrammable processor, receiving software uploads for improved system operation.
Military signal “M-code” and variable power for better resistance to jamming hostile environ- ments, meeting the needs of emerging doctrines of navigation warfare.