IIF-5 GPS satellite successfully launched
Date: Thursday, February 27 @ 08:44:32 UTC
Boeing's IIF-5 GPS satellite was successfully launched into space on Thursday.
Launched atop a Delta 4 rocket, the Block 2 satellite had a smooth launch after a 19 minute delay and after 12minutes the GPS payload reached its initial orbit with an apogee of 215 miles and a perigee of 100 miles.
Subsequent firings boosted the satellite into its planned orbit of 12,500 miles altitude.
The IIF-5 is the fifth of the 'block 2' satellites with 12 planned in total. These will replace ageing satellites currently in service. The IIF's have enhanced accuracy atomic clocks, additional channels for dedicated aviation use and better protection against jamming.
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