GPS satellite launched into space

August 2, 2014

A new Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite has been launched into space.

An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shortly before midnight Friday.

The rocket carried a GPS 2F-7 spacecraft which will join a constellation of other satellites already orbiting 11,000 miles above Earth. The GPS satellite will provide navigation for both military and civilian users.

The craft, when it becomes operational, will replace a 17-year-old satellite. The older satellite will be used as a back-up for the new one.

This was the second launch from Cape Canaveral this week. A Delta 4 rocket lifted off on Monday, carrying a pair of .

Explore further: Air Force launches latest GPS satellite into orbit

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Dense star clusters shown to be binary black hole factories

July 29, 2015

The coalescence of two black holes—a very violent and exotic event—is one of the most sought-after observations of modern astronomy. But, as these mergers emit no light of any kind, finding such elusive events has been ...

Image: Hubble sees a dying star's final moments

July 31, 2015

A dying star's final moments are captured in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The death throes of this star may only last mere moments on a cosmological timescale, but this star's demise is still quite ...

2 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

alfie_null
not rated yet Aug 03, 2014
Counting down the inventory of RD-180s. Looking forward to seeing them replaced with home-grown technology like SpaceX's Falcon and its engines.
PhotonX
not rated yet Aug 03, 2014
Counting down the inventory of RD-180s. Looking forward to seeing them replaced with home-grown technology like SpaceX's Falcon and its engines.

Or just swipe the RD-180 specs and build US copies. It isn't as though the USSR/Russia hasn't stolen plenty of tech from the US over the years. Unless the Tu-4 just *happened* to look exactly like the B-29 right down to the rivet holes.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.