Newest GPS satellite scheduled to launch Thursday 22 August in Florida

The U.S. Air Force is set to launch its newest GPS satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Thursday morning 22 August.

It's the second in a new, third generation of GPS satellites for the nation, designed and built by Lockheed Martin to be more accurate with more protection against signal jamming.

Liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta rocket is planned for 9 a.m., with a 27-minute launch window in case of delays.

Since GPS is for navigation, and the satellite will circle the globe, it was named Magellan after the 16th-century explorer credited with first circumnavigation of the world.

"It's more powerful ... with a robust design that will extend the spacecraft's lifespan," said Col. Thomas Ste. Marie with the Air Force's 45th Space Wing.

Read more in GPS Daily article.

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