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GPS Satellite Atlas 5 Moves Closer To Launch Date


Cape Canaveral:  Latest Global Positioning System satellite, Atlas 5 rocket is expected to blast off on July 15th. It is the creation of United Launch Alliance crew.

In a three-hour launch sequence from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Air Force’s GPS 2F-10 navigation spacecraft will be boosted 11,000 nautical miles above the Earth. Atlas 5 is scheduled to lift-off during a window of 11:36 to 11:55 a.m. EDT.

Atlas 5 is the second of three GPS constellation replenishment flights planned this year. The first was Delta 4 rocket, which occurred on March 25th.

Atlas, which is slated to conduct this October will be the 10th Block 2F satellite sent into the GPS network since 2010.

Boeing is known for building a dozen spacecraft with greater accuracy, more signals, better anti-jamming and longer design of this kind. The value of GPS 2F-10 satellite is$245 million.39-foot-tall, 14-foot-diameter aluminum nose cone is already shrouded to the Atlas.

On July 14th, the fully assembled rocket will be wheeled out to the Complex 41 pad aboard a mobile platform. It stands 189 feet tall for launch.

Earlier this year, from Boeing’s manufacturing facility in El Segundo, California; the satellite was flown to Florida. Loading of hydrazine manoeuvring propellant and encapsulation in the rocket’s nose cone was accomplished during the final testing.

Since 1978, the launch will be the 70th for a GPS satellite, 15th to use an Atlas rocket and fourth Block 2F on Atlas.

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