LIVE COVERAGE: Delta IV Launch Successful From Cape Canaveral
By Space Coast Daily // February 20, 2014
will launch a new GPS navigation satellite
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket lifted off tonight from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:59 p.m.
The payload is a Global Positioning System navigation satellite.
GPS satellites orbit about 11,000 nautical miles above the planet and emit continuous navigation signals that allow users to find their location in latitude, longitude and altitude and determine time.
This was the 25th launch of a Delta 4 rocket, the commercially-developed Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle ﬁelded in 2002 by Boeing, then merged into operator United Launch Alliance’s ﬂeet in 2006.
Launching the nation’s largest and sophisticated spy satellites to weather observatories and communications satellites, the Delta 4 rocket has been used to deploy U.S. government spacecraft the majority of the time.
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