GPS 2F-8 (Atlas V)
29 October 2014
Space Launch Complex 41
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts a Global Positioning System satellite, GPS 2F-8, into orbit for the U.S. Air Force. The Navstar GPS constellation of satellites provides navigation data to military and civilian users worldwide. GPS 2F-8 is a next generation GPS satellite providing greater accuracy, increased signals, and enhanced performance. Liftoff occurred at 1:21 p.m. on 29 October 2014 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
A billboard at Port Canaveral advertises the launch. Other milestones include this being the 50th Atlas V launch and the 55th operational GPS satellite to launch on a ULA rocket.
With the rocket speeding away out of sight, all that is left is the curlicue of water vapor exhaust twisting in the high altitude winds.
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