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GPS-IIF7 jumps into orbit, and that’s pretty darn cool when you think about it

by GPS4US 2014-08-11 10:31

Ok, maybe it’s not necessarily cause to crack the champagne and break out the party favors (unless
you’re an engineer). And maybe it’s a little bit difficult keeping track of what’s going on in space.

But we still think it’s pretty darn cool every time the U.S. launches a GPS satellite into space. Sure,
it’s nothing new, but they’re taking a giant hunk of technologically advanced metal, and tossing it
into the air until it gets sucked into orbit by gravity. At least that’s what we think happens.

So, let’s all take a second to say “job well done” to the folks who launched the seventh Air Force
GPS-IIF satellite into orbit. It’s just part of what will eventually be a 12-satellite constellation,
but still, it’s pretty cool. The GPS-IIF satellites will replace the current GPS-IIA satellites that
were launched in the 1990s.

The new satellites are definitely an upgrade, featuring improved atomoic clocks for more accurate
readings.

So hey, next time you’re honing in on your location on your Garmin Montana or GPS 64s, think about the
fact that all this stuff happening in space is telling you exactly where you are on earth!

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