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Final Delta IV Medium Launch Set To Send GPS Satellite Into Orbit

ULA is poised to launch the GPS III mission on a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral. Photo: ULA

There’s a rocket launch scheduled Thursday morning from the Space Coast. United Launch Alliance is aiming to send a GPS satellite into space. 

The satellite, nicknamed Magellan, will be part of a constellation of navigation satellites for military and civilian use.

It was built by Lockheed Martin and will offer improved accuracy and anti-jamming capabilities along with a new signal for civilian users tapping into the system for navigation.

The 27-minute launch window from Cape Canaveral opens at 9:oo a.m. The latest weather forecast calls for favorable launch conditions.

The launch will be the last for the Delta Four Medium rocket. The rocket is being replaced by ULA’s next-generation rocket called Vulcan scheduled for launch in the 2020s.

Follow WMFE on Facebook for a live stream of the launch about five minutes before liftoff. 

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »