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Atlas V to Launch GPS IIF-12

Click here to watch live coverage of the Atlas V GPS IIF-12 launch. Coverage begins Feb. 5 at 8:18 a.m. EST.

Atlas V GPS IIF-12 Mission Artwork
Atlas V GPS IIF-12 Mission Overview

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 will launch the GPS IIF-12 mission for the U.S. Air Force.

Date/Site/Launch Time:
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 19-minute launch window opens at 8:38 a.m. EST.

Watch the Launch Via Webcast:
The live broadcast will begin at 8:18 a.m. EST.

Mission Description:
GPS satellites serve and protect our warfighters by providing navigational assistance for U.S. military operations on land, at sea, and in the air. Civilian users around the world also use and depend on GPS for highly accurate time, location, and velocity information.

GPS IIF-12 is one of the next-generation GPS satellites, incorporating various improvements to provide greater accuracy, increased signals, and enhanced performance for users.

Launch Notes:
GPS IIF-12 will be ULA’s first mission of 2016 and the 60th operational GPS mission to launch on a ULA or heritage rocket.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #GPSIIF12, #AtlasV.

Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go GPS IIF-12!



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