Atlas 5 rocket launches US Air Force GPS satellite into space

August 3, 2014 11:31 AM

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An Atlas 5 rocket lifted into space on 1 August, carrying a new satellite into space, destined to join the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) network.

The GPS 2F-7 spacecraft was boosted 11,000 miles above the Earth, with liftoff taking place from Florida at 11:23 p.m. EDT. Once fully operational, this new satellite will replace a unit that was launched into orbit 17 years ago.

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