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End of an era for GPS as GPS 2R-M8 is launched

August 17th 2009 was a day that ended an era of space flight. This was the day that the US Air Force successfully launched the last of the eight Global Positioning Systems 2R-M satellites on top of a Delta 2 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base. This was also the last launch of a Delta 2 by the USAF and also marks the disbandment of the USAF 1st Space Launch Squadron. The launch complex 17 which has been the home of the East Coast Delta 2 launches will be taken over by NASA for a couple of their Delta 2 launches before it will be de-commissioned.

Posted by DeLorean on Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:11 pm Reply with quote

That looked spectacular Very Happy

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Posted by MikeB on Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:02 pm Reply with quote

DeLorean Wrote:
That looked spectacular Very Happy

It was. I was a little miffed that we couldnt get to the press site on the Air Force Base as that offers a view from just 1.5 miles away. The beach was about 4.5 miles from the Launch pads and the rocket passed right by us.

My only wish would have been for less in the way of clouds, but then I can hope for better conditions next time. Shuttle launches in a few days...

Mike Barrett
Editor, PocketGPSWorld.com

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