GPS Modernization

GPS modernization is an ongoing effort to upgrade the Global Positioning System with new, advanced capabilities to meet growing military, civil, and commercial needs. Learn more at GPS.gov

The Commerce Department is interested and involved in many aspects of GPS modernization, including the addition of new civil signals (L1C, L2C, L5), codeless/semi-codeless access to military GPS, and the addition of a search and rescue capability (SAR/GPS) to GPS III.

President Trump Issues New Space-Based PNT Policy

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Today, President Donald J. Trump issued Space Policy Directive-7 (SPD-7), the United States Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Policy. Recognizing that space-based positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) systems are increasingly critical to the American way of life, SPD-7 directs the

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President Trump Issues New National Space Policy

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Today, the White House released President Donald Trump’s National Space Policy providing direction for all United States space activities. View policy at whitehouse.gov (1.3 MB PDF) View White House fact sheet View statement from the President The National Space Policy sets

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Air Force Adds Navigation Data to Modernized Civil GPS Signals

On April 28, 2014, the Air Force began broadcasting civil navigation (CNAV) messages on all operational GPS satellites capable of transmitting the L2C and L5 signals. L2C and L5 are the first of several new civil capabilities being added to

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New Presidential Space Policy

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Today, President Obama issued a National Space Policy directive providing comprehensive guidance for all government activities in space, including the commercial, civil, and national security space sectors. The new policy leans farther forward in support of U.S. business interests than

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Presentation from Global Space Technology Forum 2009

On December 7, 2009, Jason Kim of the Office of Space Commercialization delivered a presentation on “Commercial Opportunities to Use GPS for Sustainable Development” at the Global Space Technology Forum 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The presentation describes

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Presentations from Navigation Conference in Sweden

On October 27, Jason Kim of the Office of Space Commercialization presented a GPS program and policy update at a meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) International Information Subcommittee in Stockholm, Sweden. He spoke on behalf of

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First GPS Transmission at L5 Frequency

In April 2009, the Air Force announced the successful activation of the experimental L5 transmitter on the GPS IIR-20(M) satellite. This was an important step in securing the 1176.45 MHz frequency for use by GPS under ITU rules. Learn more

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Presentation from Trimble Dimensions 2009

Jason Kim of the Office of Space Commercialization delivered a presentation on the U.S. GPS program and policy at the Trimble Dimensions 2009 conference in Las Vegas. Download presentation at GPS.gov

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Public Notice on Continued Support for Semi-Codeless GPS Access Through 2020

On September 23, 2008, the Department of Defense issued a final notice committing to continue supporting codeless/semi-codeless access to the military GPS P(Y) code signals through December 31, 2020. View notice at federalregister.gov The Department of Commerce played a key

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GPS World Interview on Semi-Codeless GPS Transition Plan

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The July 2008 edition of GPS World magazine features an interview with Jason Kim of the Office of Space Commercialization. In it, he discusses the government’s plan to transition the users of semi-codeless GPS technology to new equipment utilizing the

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