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Delta IV Rocket launches the new GPS IIF Satellite



Last night saw the successful launch and deployment of a new generation of GPS satellites the GPS IIF. These satellites are built by boeing and will enhance the current GPS constellation by adding a further 12 GPS satellites to replace the current ones that are nearing the end of their service life. This launch was particularly important for a number of reasons: It was to be the first of the new GPS Satellites; It represented a major milestone for the Delta Rockets; and it was to be the first GPS launch on the Delta IV rocket.


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Posted by The Rudd on Sat May 29, 2010 6:38 am Reply with quote

Mike

What a fascinating article and pictures , it just goes to show how much respect that there is for PGPSW to be invited to a launch such as this.

Very very good.

Jerry


 
Posted by Tom59 on Sat May 29, 2010 10:14 pm Reply with quote

I would just like to echo Jerry's comments.
Thanks for bringing this to us all Mike.


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Posted by MikeB on Sun May 30, 2010 10:47 pm Reply with quote

Unfortunately I will not be able to make the next launch. My son is getting married a few days before and for some reason my wife thinks that is more important. She needs to get her priorities sorted...

Mind you she was gracious enough to wave goodbye to me on our wedding anniversary so hat I could attend the launch.


Mike Barrett
Editor, PocketGPSWorld.com

 
Posted by MichaelCahill on Mon May 31, 2010 10:51 pm Reply with quote

It was mentioned somewhere (maybe a previous article here about launch) that the new generation of satallites would improve GPS accuracy.

Does this refer to new, more sensitive sat-navs in development or could it have an effect on existing models also?


 
Posted by MikeB on Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:54 am Reply with quote

MichaelCahill Wrote:
It was mentioned somewhere (maybe a previous article here about launch) that the new generation of satallites would improve GPS accuracy.

Does this refer to new, more sensitive sat-navs in development or could it have an effect on existing models also?

I am in the middle of writing another article about the new satellites, but basically they will produce stronger signals which will benefit all GPS users.


Mike Barrett
Editor, PocketGPSWorld.com

 
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