Atlas V rocket vaults GPS satellite into orbit

August 3, 2014 8:32 PM

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Atlas V rocket vaults GPS satellite into orbit

The GPS IIF-7 spacecraft separated from the United Launch Alliance rocket nearly 3 1/2 hours into the flight and sent signals to the ground confirming it was operating properly in an orbit about 11,000 miles up.

"Congratulations to the U.S. Air Force and all of our mission partners on the successful launch of the Atlas V carrying the GPS IIF-7 satellite," said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president of Atlas and Delta Programs, in a statement.

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