US Air Force launches latest GPS satellite for military navigation system in orbit
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. The rocket is carrying a Global Positioning System IIF-3 satellite for the U.S. Air Force.(AP Photo/ Florida Today, Craig Bailey)
Published Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:55AM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The U.S. Air Force has launched a satellite to be part of the existing navigation system for the military. It includes an improved military signal that is more resistant to signal jamming in hostile environments.
The latest Global Positioning System satellite rocketed into space Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is separate from the U.S. space agency's centre on the Florida coast.
The satellite was up by an unmanned Delta IV rocket.
The Air Force manages the navigation system to ensure there are at least 24 operational satellites at all times.