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Atlas 5 rocket launches new GPS satellite

US: A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket has successfully launched the fourth GPS IIF-4 satellite for the US Air Force from Space Launch Complex-41. “The successful delivery of the GPS IIF-4 mission represents the 70th launch success in the 77 months since ULA was formed—an accomplishment made possible by seamless integration of the customer and industry team; reliable production and launch operation processes; and a one-launch-at-a-time focus on mission success for these critical space assets,” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Mission Operations.

GPS IIF-4 is the fourth in a series of next generation GPS satellites and will join a worldwide timing and navigation system utilising 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.

Source: Satnews