WATCH: United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket Launches GPS III Magellan From Cape Canaveral

By  //  August 22, 2019

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Rocket lifted off at 9:06 a.m. ET

ABOVE VIDEO: United Launch Alliance successfully launched the Delta IV rocket (GPS III) Magellan from Cape Canaveral Thursday morning.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – United Launch Alliance successfully launched the Delta IV rocket (GPS III) Magellan from Cape Canaveral Thursday morning.

The Delta IV rocket lifted off at 9:06 A.M. ET

The Delta IV rocket launched the Global Positioning System (GPS) 3-series satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, for the U.S. Air Force.

The 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.

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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 could be seen on Space Coast Daily TV.

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