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Navstar 67

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2012-053A

Description

The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the GPS IIF-3 satellite into orbit. The third of the new II-F series of satellites for the US Air Force's Global Positioning System (and the 63rd GPS satellite to reach the launch pad), it will occupy the Plane A, Slot 6 location of the navigation network, which is divided into six orbital groupings with multiple satellites flying in each. The craft will take over the position held by the GPS 2A-15 satellite, which was launched by a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral more than 20 years ago (on September 9, 1992).

The new GPS II-F series contains upgrades such as greater accuracy, better jam-resistance and a new civilian aviation signal. The first GPS block IIF satellite was launched in May 2010.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2012-10-04
    Launch Vehicle: Delta IV
    Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

    Funding Agency

    • Department of Defense-Department of the Air Force (United States)

    Discipline

    • Navigation/Global Positioning

    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

     
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