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United Launch Alliance Launches Its 6th Positioning System Satellite for U.S. Air Force

May 28, 2014

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket has launched the sixth Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite for the U.S. Air Force from Space Launch Complex-37, the Company reported in its release.

"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," said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs, in a release. "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."

ULA said that this mission was launched aboard a Delta IV Medium- plus configuration Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle using a single ULA common booster core powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68 main engine, along with two ATK GEM-60 solid rocket motors. The upper stage was powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10B-2 engine with the satellite encapsulated in a four-meter-diameter composite payload fairing.

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