4 August 2014
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched the U.S. Air Force’s GPS IIF-7 satellite on Friday from Cape Canaveral. Liftoff occurred at 11:23 p.m. EDT. The satellite takes over the duties of a 17-year-old satellite, which will now become a backup satellite.  It is the third of four GPS satellites launched this year to modernize the Department of Defense's largest constellation, now comprising 31 active spacecraft. The launch marks the third time this year ULA has successfully launched two missions within a week. AIAA congratulates ULA, an AIAA corporate member, on the successful launch. (Image Credit: ULA)
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