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Atlas V deploys new GPS satellite

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Atlas 5 rocket deploys new GPS navigation satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL -- A rocket launch to serve the world blasted off Friday night from Florida carrying a new Global Positioning System satellite to transmit omnipresent navigation and timing information to users across the planet.

"Everyone in the room I am going to guess has been touched by GPS today in one way or another," said Air Force Space Command leader William Shelton. "Your smartphone, financial transaction, high-speed network you may have used that uses GPS timing. It literally serves the world."

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Atlas V GPS IIF-7 Launch Highlights

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the seventh Global Positioning System (GPS II-7) satellite for the U.S. Air Force launched from Space Launch Complex-41. This was the second successful ULA launch in just four days. GPS IIF-7 is the seventh 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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