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GPS IIF 2 Launch

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex-37 at 2:41 a.m. EDT, July 16, with the Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-2 payload.This launch marks the 50th successful GPS launch on a Delta vehicle. GPS IIF-2 is the second in a series of next generation GPS satellites and 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 earths' surface. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users. (Photo by Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance)

PHOTO BY: Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance
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