CGSIC Bulletin: Launch of SVN-79-/PRN-28

The sixth GPS-III satellite, GPSIII-06 (SVN-79/PRN-28, successfully launched on 18 January 2023 from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. SVN-79 will go through extensive on orbit testing after being introduced into the operational constellation on or about 25 Jan.

Constellation Changes

The U.S Space Force Second Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) indicates that GPSIII-06, SVN-79/PRN-28, will expand the A2 node in the A plane.  It will be identified as position A2F in the vicinity of SVN-52.  SVN-41/PRN-22, forecasted unusable until further notice (FCSTUUFN) on 23 January 2023, it is being set unhealthy and will be used as a test vehicle in AEP.  Next launch of GPSIII-07 is scheduled for a date to be determined in 2024.