10/4/2012 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. (AFNS) -- The U.S. Air Force successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Medium rocket carrying the third Global Positioning System IIF satellite at 8 a.m. EDT today, Oct. 4, from Space Launch Complex 37 here.
"The 45th Space Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center's GPS
Directorate, Boeing and United Launch Alliance team are proud to launch
the third installment of the GPS Block IIF," said Col. Robert Pavelko,
vice commander, 45th Space Wing commander, who also served as Launch
The first GPS IIF satellite, Space Vehicle 1, was launched by a Delta IV
rocket on May 28, 2010 and the second one on July 16, 2011, both from
Space Launch Complex 37 here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The GPS Block IIF satellites are built by Boeing, and will be operated
by the United States Air Force following their launch by United Launch
Alliance, using Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles.
GPS satellites are launched at a rate to sustain the constellation to
continue providing extremely accurate positioning, navigation and timing
services to billions of users worldwide.
"Once again, the 45th Space Wing, working in concert with our talented
mission partners, is delivering space assets that will greatly benefit
our nation," Col. Pavelko said.
"We earn our stripes and prove to the world what a world-class team we
have with every single launch we execute from here," he said.
GPS is a space-based, world-wide navigation system providing users with
highly accurate, three-dimensional position, velocity and timing
information 24 hours a day in all weather conditions. Every modern GPS
satellite has been launched from CCAFS.