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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2018
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GPSIA Celebrates Launch of First GPS III Satellite

WASHINGTON – The GPS Innovation Alliance (GPSIA) issued the following statement regarding the launch of the U.S. Air Force’s first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite. 

"As we celebrate 40 years since the launch of the first experimental GPS satellite, GPSIA congratulates the Air Force on ushering in the next generation of GPS satellites, known as GPS III,” said Executive Director J. David Grossman. “Today's launch of the first GPS III satellite is a win for our nation and the world, promising improvements in location accuracy that will advance economic growth, job creation and innovation. The most advanced in history, this GPS satellite brings enhanced capabilities to prevent jamming of the signal, ensuring that GPS remains continuously available, accurate, reliable and resilient. This launch also reflects countless years of collaboration with the European Union to make certain that the newly added civil signal, L1C, will be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems like Galileo. As always, GPSIA remains committed to promoting the long-term health and future of GPS, including the advocacy for continued federal funding and a universally stable and predictable spectrum environment."

The GPS Innovation Alliance was founded by Deere & Company, Garmin International, Inc. and Trimble Inc. The Alliance recognizes the ever increasing importance of Global Positioning System (GPS) and other Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technologies to the global economy and infrastructure and is firmly committed to furthering GPS innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. The GPS Innovation Alliance seeks to protect, promote and enhance the use of GPS. For more information, please visit



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