Apr 1

GPS IIR-20 (PRN 1, SVN 49) follow-up

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Learned at the National Space Symposium this week that the new GPS satellite got great orbit pre-positioning, prior to it's 5 AKM burns to reach its designated MEO slot (no, that's not Middle Earth Online for you LOTR fans, it's this).  This means its on station sooner than planned and the CPU, MDU and Rubidium clock are all on and warming up.  L1/L2 should be broadcasting healthy soon and L5 will happen shortly thereafter.  L5 will be dataless - but the first L5 broadcast will satisfy the ITU requirements for frequency slot allocation.  It's a grand time.

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