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GPS Block IIF-4 Launch Set for May 15

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Old May 7th 13, 07:17 PM posted to sci.geo.satellite-nav
Sam Wormley[_2_]
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Default GPS Block IIF-4 Launch Set for May 15

GPS Block IIF-4 Launch Set for May 15

The next GPS satellite launch is scheduled for May 15 with the launch
window extending from 21:39 to 21:58 UTC. An Atlas 5 rocket will be
used to place the satellite, GPS IIF-4, into orbit from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station.

This is the first time in almost 28 years that an Atlas rocket will
be used to launch a GPS satellite. All of the prototype or Block I
satellites were orbited with Atlas rockets. Since then, Delta rockets
have been used exclusively for GPS launches. The IIF satellites are
being launched with a mixture of Atlas and Delta rockets.

The IIF-4 satellite, also known as SVN66, will operate as PRN27.
SVN66/PRN27 will eventually occupy the C-2 slot, replacing
SVN33/PRN03, a Block IIA satellite launched in 1996. Reportedly,
SVN66/PRN27 will go through an extended period of testing following
launch, and is not expected to be set healthy until August. SVN33
will become a reserve or backup satellite.


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