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GPS satellite put into orbit by Delta 4

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New GPS satellite put into orbit by Delta 4 rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL -- Igniting a surge of three Global Positioning System satellite launches in the next five months, a Delta 4 rocket blazed a trail of fire and light into the Florida sky Thursday night.

The new bird -- known as GPS 2F-5 -- will become a primary broadcasting satellite in the constellation when it becomes operational by May.

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Delta IV GPS IIF-5 Launch Highlights

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 satellite for the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 20 at 8:59 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex-37. GPS IIF-5 is the fifth 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 Earth's surface.

Credit: United Launch Alliance

Source: United Launch Alliance - YouTube Channel

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