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NAVSTAR GPS Satellite Scheduled For Liftoff Sunday

Ref: http://www.spaceflightnow.com/delta/d302/031216preview.html

The NAVSTAR GPS 2R-10 satellite is scheduled for liftoff at 0750hrs GMT Sunday atop a Boeing Delta 2 rocket from pad 17A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The three-stage Delta 7925-configuration launcher will deploy the satellite into a preliminary orbit around Earth with a high point of 11,000 nautical miles, low point of 100 miles and inclination of 39.0 degrees.

The Lockheed Martin-built satellite will circularize its orbit and raise the inclination to 55 degrees to join the GPS constellation in the days following liftoff.

The 26 million satellite will fill the Plane E, Slot 2 position in the GPS network. After on-orbit testing, GPS 2R-10, also known as SVN-47, is expected to enter service in the first-half of January.


Posted on Wednesday, December 17 @ 08:50:11 UTC by Darren Griffin

 
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