GPS Block 2F sat launch faces delay

29 Aug 2006

(Satellite News via NewsEdge) The first launch of a US Air Force GPS Block 2F satellite has slipped from November to possibly January 2009, according to the US Department of Defense.

The delay was revealed in a Selected Acquisition Report for the June reporting period submitted to Congress, summarizing the latest estimates of cost, schedule and performance status for the Pentagon's major procurement initiatives.

Boeing Co. is the prime contractor for the Block 2F program, and is scheduled to build a total of 12 satellites under a contract valued at more than $800 million.

The Air Force hoped to launch the first 2F satellite as early as May 2008, which Boeing had committed to meet.

© 2006 Access Intelligence, LLC.

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