The eighth of the U.S. Air Force’s 12 planned GPS IIF satellites was successfully launched Oct. 29 on an Atlas V 401 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Atlas V liftoff occurred at 1:21 EST; this was the 50th launch of this type of rocket. As of deadline, the Centaur upper stage’s RL-10 had achieved its first burn, shifting the Boeing GPS IIF satellite into the GPS orbit. A second burn will circularize the orbit. This eighth IIF of 12 on order will replace a 14-year-old GPS IIR in ...

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