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Ready to Launch: GPS Satellites Begin Journey Into Space

October 27, 2014 in Space

Boeing-built Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites help us get around town every day, but before they can give us directions from Space, they make a cross-country trip from Boeing’s manufacturing facility in El Segundo, California to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Here, a government-industry team completes final assembly and prepares each GPS IIF for launch aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket.

Boeing is under contract to deliver 12 GPS IIFs to the U.S. Air Force, with seven already on orbit. The next GPS IIF launch is scheduled for Oct. 29, aboard a ULA Atlas V. Watch the video to hear more on how the GPS satellite is prepared for launch.