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New satellite joins GPS constellation

by GPS4US 2014-02-21 14:11

Look up!

Ok, you won’t see anything unusual. But Thursday, the composition of the sky changed just a little bit
as a new GPS satellite launched into orbit.

The satellite – launched at 8:59 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida – is the first
of three that will replace the Air Force’s aging GPS constellation.

High sonar radiation delayed the launch for a bit, but finally a Delta IV rocket left the earth,
scheduled to deploy the 3,600-pound satellite a few short hours later.

The satellite is the fifth of 12 in the new generation called Block IIF, or 2F, built by Boeing, USA
Today reports.

Two other GPS satellites are scheduled to ascend into orbit in May and July, respectively.

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