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Rocket launches GPS satellite into orbit for U.S. Air Force


Rocket launches GPS satellite into orbit for U.S. Air Force The final medium-class Delta 4 rocket in the United Launch Alliance inventory roared to life and streaked away from Cape Canaveral early Thursday, propelling the second in a series of advanced GPS navigation satellites into orbit. The 207-foot-tall rocket's hydrogen-fueled RS-68A main engine ignited at 9:06 a.m. EDT, throttling up to full thrust with a rush of flaming exhaust. An instant later, two solid-propellant strap-on boosters fired, and the Delta 4 climbed smoothly away from pad 37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.   More



(Source: CBS News - Aug 23)

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