Friday, July 15, 2011

Air Force GPS IIF-2 Satellite Successfully Launched

An Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-2 satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral aboard a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) configuration launch vehicle.

GPS IIF-2 is the second in a series of next generation GPS satellites and will join a worldwide timing and navigation system utilizing 24 satellites in six different planes, with a minimum of four satellites per plane positioned in orbit approximately 11,000 miles above the earths' surface. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users.

The United Launch Alliance noted that this is its 50th successful GPS launch for the Air Force.


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