10th GPS IIF Satellite on Its Way to Orbit

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the 10th Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from Cape Canaveral Air Force Stations today (July 15, 2015).

The spacecraft is destined for plane C/slot 3 of the GPS constellation

The launch almost coincided with Friday’s 20th anniversary of the declaration of full operational capability (FOC) for the GPS constellation, which occurred on July 17, 1995.

Just two GPS IIF satellites remain to be launched — Atlas V rockets will be used to launch both.

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the 10th Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from Cape Canaveral Air Force Stations today (July 15, 2015).

The spacecraft is destined for plane C/slot 3 of the GPS constellation

The launch almost coincided with Friday’s 20th anniversary of the declaration of full operational capability (FOC) for the GPS constellation, which occurred on July 17, 1995.

Just two GPS IIF satellites remain to be launched — Atlas V rockets will be used to launch both.

First launch of a next-generation GPS III satellite being developed by a industry team headed by Lockheed Martin is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2017.

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