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Atlas V to Launch GPS IIF-8 on Oct. 29

Atlas V GPS IIF-8 Mission ArtworkAtlas V GPS IIF-8 Mission Brochure

An Atlas V 401 will launch the GPS IIF-8 mission for the U.S. Air Force.

Date/Site/Launch Time: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The 18-minute launch window opens at 1:21 p.m. EDT.

Viewing the Launch by Webcast: The live webcast will begin at 1:01 p.m. EDT.

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-8 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-8 will be ULA’s fourth GPS launch of 2014 and the 12th of the year. The mission will mark ULA’s 89th mission launched since the company was founded in 2006.

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 and twitter.com/ulalaunch; look for the #GPSIIF8 hashtag.

Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go GPS IIF-8!



Sept. 16, 2014: A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the CLIO mission for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company launched from Space Launch Complex-41. CLIO marks ULA’s 11th successful mission this year and the 88th successful mission since formation in 2006. This was also ULA's 60th launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.