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Last of 12 GPS IIF Satellites Arrives at Cape Canaveral

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Old October 14th 15, 07:28 PM posted to sci.geo.satellite-nav
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Default Last of 12 GPS IIF Satellites Arrives at Cape Canaveral

Last of 12 GPS IIF Satellites Arrives at Cape Canaveral

The last Air Force GPS IIF in a block of 12 satellites was delivered
to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, from Boeing’s
manufacturing facility in El Segundo, Calif., Oct. 8 via a C-17
Globemaster III.

A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will
complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid
Strip” to watch the off-loading of the satellite they will prepare to
launch aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket in 2016.

In related news, GPS IIF-11 is set to launch Oct. 30. Launch of GPS
IIF-12 is scheduled for February 3, 2016.

“This GPS IIF-12 satellite represents the end of a legacy as it will
be the last of the 61 GPS satellites processed here at (Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station),” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the
45th Space Wing commander. “This culminates an incredible 27-year
legacy at our Area 59 Satellite Processing Facility. We are the
nation’s premier gateway to space and are humbled to be a part of the
team that provides GPS and its capabilities to the world.”


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