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Posted: October 20, 2004 Credit: U.S. Air ForceThis map shows the Eastern Range Launch Hazard Area (LHA) for the Monday, October 25 launch of the Delta 2 rocket. Mariners are asked to remain clear of the LHA from 12:30 a.m. thru 3:45 a.m. EDT.**PERSONS ENTERING AN ACTIVE LAUNCH HAZARD AREA SHOULD BE AWARE THAT SEVERE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES ARE AUTHORIZED TO PUNISH VIOLATORS. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 33, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 1232, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY IS SIX YEARS CONFINEMENT AND A $250,000 FINE.** | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Launch of military weather satellite aboard Delta 4The Boeing Delta 4 rocket launches at 5:53 a.m. local time from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying the DMSP F17 weather satellite. Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily NewsAres 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Expedition 21The official embroidered patch for the International Space Station Expedition 21 crew is now available from our stores.Hubble PatchThe official embroidered patch for mission STS-125, the space shuttle's last planned service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, is available for purchase. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Launch of modernized GPS satellite set for this week SPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: September 18, 2005Editor's note: Launch was delayed after this story was published. The new launch date is Sunday, Sept. 25.The first modernized Global Positioning System satellite featuring additional navigation signals to benefit military and civilian users around the world will be launched Wednesday night aboard a Boeing Delta 2 rocket. A Delta 2 rocket will launch the first modernized GPS 2R satellite. Photo: Carleton Bailie/BoeingLiftoff from pad 17A at the Cape Canaveral spaceport is scheduled for 11:53 p.m. EDT, the opening of a 28-minute window that extends past midnight to 12:21 a.m. EDT (0353-0421 GMT).The Lockheed Martin-built GPS 2R-M1 spacecraft has spent seven months undergoing launch testing and preparations at the Cape, twice as long as originally envisioned. Concerns about internal components on the satellite and delays building Range Safety batteries for the Delta booster postponed the mission from May.The early weather forecast is calling for a 40 percent chance of clouds and rain interfering with Wednesday's launch attempt. See the full forecast .It will take just over 24 minutes for the three-stage Delta 2 vehicle to propel the $75 million payload into a highly elliptical transfer orbit looping from 150 miles at its closest point from Earth to nearly 11,000 miles at the farthest. From there, the spacecraft will use its onboard kick motor to reach the GPS constellation by raising the low point to circularize the orbit and increase the orbital inclination to 55 degrees above and below the equator.The spaceborne network features 24 primary and several backup satellites flying in six orbital groupings. The Air Force continues to launch new satellites as replacements to keep the critical navigation system in good health. There are 28 functioning GPS satellites today, according to the military. GPS 2R-M1 will assume the Plane C, Slot 4 position, taking over for the GPS 2A-20 craft launched in May 1993. The aging satellite, although still operational, will be repositioned within the GPS constellation for the remainder of its life. The new slot for the old spacecraft will be determined later. The satellites send continuous navigation signals that enable users virtually anywhere on the planet to find their position in latitude, longitude and altitude and determine time. The information is so accurate that time can be figured to less than a millionth of a second, speed within a fraction of a mile per hour and pinpoint location within a matte