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Navstar 51

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2003-005A

Description

Navstar 51 (also known as USA 166, and as GPS 2R-8) is the latest to join the American (DoD) fleet of Global Positioning Satellites. It was launched by a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral at 18:06 UT on January 29 2003. The fleet is operating in full capacity with 24 spacecraft (in six planes, with four satellites in each). GPS 2R-8 will replace the aging GPS 2A-18, which will be shifted away in its Plane-B and then retired.

Alternate Names

  • USA 166
  • GPS 2-R-8
  • 27663

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2003-01-29
Launch Vehicle: Delta II
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • Department of Defense (United States)

Discipline

  • Navigation/Global Positioning

Additional Information

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

 
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