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Obama 2010 GPS Budget Calls for $1 Billion+

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May 21, 2009

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The president’s proposed Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) budget would provide more than $1 billion for GPS and related U.S. space-based positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) programs.

As usual, the lion’s share of funding — $927.8 million — would go to the Department of Defense (DoD), which operates the dual-use system. This includes $815.095 million for GPS IIIA satellites and Next-Generation Operational Control Segment (OCX) development through the Air Force RDT&E program, $52 million for GPS IIF and Operational Control Segment (OCS) development, and $60.7 million via Air Force Procurement for “Other Support, Space Programs.”

Under the detailed budget request released May 7 by the White House, the Department of Transportation (DoT) would receive $43.4 million for the addition of new, civil-unique capabilities to the GPS program stemming from a requirement in the 2004 Presidential National Security Directive on PNT; $97.4 million for the Federal Aviation Administration’s GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), and $7 million for the Ground Based Augmentation System, also called Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS).

Another $4.6 million would underwrite expansion and operation of the inland component of the Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) system (through DoT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, which assumed responsibility for the program last year).

The Department of Commerce would receive $3.4 million for the U.S. network of GPS continuously operating reference stations (CORS).

In addition to funding these programs, the President's budget would terminate the Coast Guard's operation of Loran-C.

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