United Launch Alliance Set For Thursday Morning Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral
By Space Coast Daily // August 21, 2019
Launch is targeted for 9 a.m. ET
ABOVE VIDEO: United Launch Alliance is set to launch the Delta IV (GPSIII) Magellan from Cape Canaveral on Thursday.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – United Launch Alliance is set to launch the Delta IV (GPSIII) Magellan from Cape Canaveral on Thursday.
Launch window opens at 9 a.m. and closes 9:27 a.m.
The Delta IV rocket will launch the Global Positioning System (GPS) 3-series satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, for the U.S. Air Force.
This satellite will be the U.S. Air Force’s second third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System.
GPS III SV02 will join GPS III SV01 (launched December 2018) and other operational global positioning systems satellites already in orbit. GPS delivers positioning, navigation and timing services supporting the United States and other operations.
GPS III SV02 will help bring higher power and more accurate signals that are harder to jam.
The satellite has been named “Magellan” after Ferdinand Magellan, the explorer who led the first expedition to circumnavigate Earth. This is the last opportunity to see the launch of Delta IV Medium rocket, as this is its final flight.
Coverage of the launch can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV starting at 8:40 a.m. ET.
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