The U.S. Air Force has released a LAUNCH NANU indicating that SVN-76, the third of the new GPS III satellites, has been turned over to the Second Space Operations Squadron to begin preparing for operations in the active GPS constellation. It should be noted that SVN-76 was launched at 4:10 p.m. EDT, June 30 (JDAY 182) from Space Launch Complex – 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Lockheed Martin-built satellite was carried to orbit aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle. A NANU to indicate initial use (USABINIT) will be published when the satellite is set healthy to begin active service as a part of the GPS constellation.
Constellation changes: SVN-76 (PRN-23) will take up position in Plane/Slot E4. SVN-51 (PRN-20) currently occupying E4, will be re-phased to an as yet undetermined location to best provide for better global coverage. SVN-41 (PRN-14), after almost 20 years of active service, has been decommissioned.
NOTICE ADVISORY TO NAVSTAR USERS (NANU) 2020033
SUBJ: SVN76 (PRN23) LAUNCH JDAY 182
- NANU TYPE: LAUNCH
NANU NUMBER: 2020033
NANU DTG: 091950Z JUL 2020
LAUNCH JDAY: 182
LAUNCH TIME ZULU: 2010
- GPS SATELLITE SVN76 (PRN23) WAS LAUNCHED ON JDAY 182.
A USABINIT NANU WILL BE SENT WHEN THE SATELLITE IS SET ACTIVE TO SERVICE.
- POC: CIVILIAN – NAVCEN AT 703-313-5900, HTTP://WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV
MILITARY – GPS OPERATIONS CENTER AT HTTPS://gps.afspc.af.mil/gpsoc, DSN 560-2541,
COMM 719-567-2541, HTTPS://gps.afspc.af.mil/gpsoc
MILITARY ALTERNATE – JOINT SPACE OPERATIONS CENTER, DSN 276-3526. COMM 805-606-3526.