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GPS IIF-8 Rolls Out to Launch Pad

An ULA Atlas V rolls out to Cape Canaveral AFS’ Space Launch Complex-41 with GPSII-F8 aboard, Oct. 28. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

An ULA Atlas V rolls out to Cape Canaveral AFS’ Space Launch Complex-41 with GPSII-F8 aboard, Oct. 28. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

An ULA Atlas V rolls out to Cape Canaveral AFS’ Space Launch Complex-41 with GPSII-F8 aboard, Oct. 28. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

An ULA Atlas V rolls out to Cape Canaveral AFS’ Space Launch Complex-41 with GPSII-F8 aboard, Oct. 28. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An Atlas V rocket with GPS IIF-8 aboard was rolled out to the launch pad from the Vertical Integration Facility ahead of the satellite's scheduled launch from Cape Canaveral AFS' Space Launch Complex-41, Oct. 28. The launch is set for Oct. 29 with the 18-minute launch window opening at 1:21 p.m. EDT. GPS IIF-8 is the 8th in a series of next generation GPS satellites and the 4th GPS IIF to be launched in 2014. It 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 Earth's surface.