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