Final Air Force Delta II launched
US Air Force personnel successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Delta II booster carrying the 21st modernized NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite into space today.<br />
The NAVSTAR GPS was launched at 6:35 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) from Space Launch Complex 17A at Cape Canaveral. The satellite will join the constellation of on-orbit satellites providing global coverage and increased performance of the GPS services to commercial and military users worldwide.
"With this successful mission the 45th Space Wing is accomplishing another major milestone in our national quest to improve and maintain our space capabilities," said Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., 45th SW commander. "The GPS constellation has tremendous national security and economic importance and our Air Force team makes it happen. On its last Air Force mission, the Delta II once again lived up to its reputation as one of the most reliable boosters in our fleet."