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April 17, 2008

Satellite Launch Will Aid DoD GNSS Users to Anticipate Space Weather Effects

Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite, General Dynamics

On Wednesday (April 16), a U.S. Air Force team successfully launched the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS), an experimental satellite designed to monitor the ionosphere and predict conditions that would disturb radio communications, including GNSS signals.

The satellite was ultimately deployed from a Pegasus rocket following an air launch from a Lockheed L-1011 that had taken off from Kwajalein Atoll in the mid-Pacific Ocean. First transmissions from the spacecraft were acquired shortly after it reached orbit.

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By Glen Gibbons