Atlas 5 rocket deploys new GPS navigation satellite

August 2, 2014 7:36 AM

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CAPE CANAVERAL -- A rocket launch to serve the world blasted off Friday night from Florida carrying a new Global Positioning System satellite to transmit omnipresent navigation and timing information to users across the planet.

Lifting off at 11:23 p.m. EDT, an Atlas 5 rocket set sail on a three-and-a-half-hour trek to reach the navigation network and deploy the GPS 2F-7 spacecraft into an orbit 11,000 nautical miles high and tilted 55 degrees to the equator.

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