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United States : ULA launches $245M U.S. AIR FORCE's GPS satellite

May 20, 2014

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has been successful in launching the U.S. Air Force's sixth Block IIF Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite worth $245 million on a Delta IV rocket.

The ULA launched the rocket successfully from the Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 16th May.

The rocket was slated for launch on Thursday, 15th May. However, because of poor weather conditions the launch was delayed to Friday.

Both the military as well as civilians will benefit from the navigation GPS satellite.

The IIF satellites will provide enhanced military signals, which will have improved accuracy and will also be less susceptible to signal jamming. As compared to previous generation of satellites, the satellite also has enhanced life expectancy.

The present launch of the GPS IIF satellite was the fifth successful launch this year and also the 82nd effective launch since ULA was formed in December 2006.

ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs, Jim Sponnick, said : "ULA is honored to work with this world-class U.S. government and contractor mission team, and we are proud to contribute to the GPS capabilities that were delivered to orbit today. Congratulations to the entire team on tonight's successful launch of the GPS IIF-6 satellite and the continued one-launch-at-a-time focus."

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Source: TendersInfo (India)