U.S. Air Force Launch First GPS 2F-1 Satellite

By Jamie Pert - May 29, 2010

A new breed of satellite was launched by the Air Force late Thursday from a seaside pad in Florida, which marked the first of it’s kind to be blasted into space via an unmanned Delta 4 rocket from Florida’s Cap Canaveral Air Force Station at 11pm EDT.

The GPS satellite, called GPS 2F-1 finally lifted off after numerous delays of bad weather and technical issues prevented it’s launch just a week prior is the first of 12 new satellites to provide ultra-precise navigation for the military and civilians.

The new fleet of GPS 2F-1 are expected to provide “improved accuracy through advanced atomic clocks; a more jam-resistant military signal and a longer design life than earlier GPS satellites,” said vice president and general manager for Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems – Craig Cooning.

The launch also market a milestone for the Delta family, who celebrated their 50th anniversary this month when the very first Delta rocket launched on May 13, 1960.

More information about how these new satellites work can be found on the source page below.

Source: Fox News

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