09 June 2008

GPS L5 signal in delay?

Inside GNSS reported an interesting news about the new GPS IIR-M satellites. The launcher, a Delta II, could fail during the separation of the third stage of the rocket. So the launches were delayed. The news sayd that: "Air Force Capt. Brian Adcock, chief of the Navstar Operations Support Office (NOSO) at Schriever AFB, says the L5 signal needs to be transmitting from satellites in orbit by August 26, 2009, in order to meet an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) deadline for the L5 frequency allocation.". The L5 signal will be important for some civilian application, such as air transportation security.