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US Air Force Launches New GPS Satellite

US Air Force Launches GPS Satellite, July 15, 2015
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, carrying the GPS 2F-10 satellite for the U.S. Air Force, blasts off on July 15, 2015 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Image credit: ULA)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the 10th satellite in its current-generation series of positioning, navigation and timing satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket Wednesday (July 15).

The GPS 2F satellites, built by Boeing Network and Space Systems of El Segundo, California, provide better accuracy and resistance to jamming than the previous generation of GPS satellites, most of which are still in operation.

Denver-based ULA confirmed the successful launch about three-and-a-half hours after the 11:36 a.m. EDT (1536 GMT) liftoff.

The launch was the second of a GPS 2F satellite this year. The next satellite in the series is expected to launch no earlier than Oct. 30, with the final to follow in February 2016.

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