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Also called USA 203 or GPS 49 or GPS BIIR-20M


Designation 34661 / 09014A
Launch date 24 Mar 2009
Country of origin United States
Mission Navigation
Perigee/Apogee 20000 km
Inclination 55°
Period 714 min
Launch vehicle Delta 2 #340

Features a demonstration payload that will transmit the new civil signal known as L5 (1176.45 MHz). That payload is worth $6 million.

The satellite has a signal distortion problem (related to the L5 payload). Root cause was identified, but is still not fixed in October 2009. Was abandonned in May 2011, as it could not be fixed.

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