19 May 2014
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched on Friday with its Global Positioning System (GPS) payload. The launch, which took place Friday evening at 8:03 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, had been delayed one day due to the weather. This was the sixth in a series of 12 new-generation GPS spacecraft that will help ensure the system stays online, as many of the current satellites are getting older. With over 30 of the spacecraft now in orbit, the GPS constellation needs at least 24 satellites for global service. Two more GPS launches are planned this year, with all 12 expected in orbit by 2016. AIAA congratulates ULA, an AIAA corporate member, on the successful launch. (Image Credit: Wikipedia / U.S. Air Force)
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