GPS III SV02 "Magellan" - Delta-IV-M+(4,2) [D-384] - CCAFS, SLC-37B - 22.07.2019, 13:06 UTC

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ЦитироватьGPS III Space Vehicle 02 "Magellan" arrives in Florida; Prepares for July launch
SMC Public Affairs / Published March 20, 2019

GPS III Space Vehicle 02 "Magellan" arrives in Florida in preparation for its July launch from Cape Canaveral Air force Station. Named in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition to circumnavigate the Earth, was transported in a custom container from the Lockheed Martin factory facility in Waterton, Colorado to the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida, by a C-17 Globemaster III originating from Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base, West Virginia. (US Air Force Photo: Lt. Daniel Eichman)

The U.S. Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center's Global Positioning Systems Directorate achieved another major program milestone March 19, successfully delivering the second GPS III Space Vehicle to Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida to begin satellite launch processing.

 "The shipment of this second GPS III satellite is once again an excellent representation of the collaborative effort and increasing efficiencies of SMC's push towards rapid acquisitions and operations of space technologies," said Lt Gen John F. Thompson, SMC commander and Air Force program executive officer for Space. "We are adding this second GPS III satellite just seven months from the launch of the inaugural Block III space vehicle, continuing our objective of modernizing GPS."

The satellite, dubbed "Magellan" in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition to circumnavigate the Earth, was transported in a custom container from the Lockheed Martin factory facility in Waterton, Colorado to the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida, by a C-17 Globemaster III originating from Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base, West Virginia, 167th Air Lift Wing. The transportation crew consisted of both contractor and government personnel who oversaw the entire operation to ensure that the conditions of the transport environment would not damage any of the satellite's sensitive components.

The delivery of SV02 starts the clock for final testing and checkout of the spacecraft prior to launch. Like SV01, this satellite will be processed at the Astrotech Space Operations Florida facility. A government and contractor team will ensure the full functionality of the satellite by performing various tests. Processing this time around will gain efficiencies from lessons learned on SV01. As the spacecraft nears launch, the team will prepare for propellant loading and will encapsulate the satellite into its protective fairing supplied by the launch provider. At the completion of these activities, the satellite will be integrated with the United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Delta IV launch vehicle. It is significant to note that GPS III SV02 will be the final payload to catch a ride on the Delta IV (4, 2) configuration of ULA's Launch Vehicle.

 "As we prepare to launch this second GPS III satellite, we acknowledge a major transition of the GPS III program into a production program." said Col. Steve Whitney, director of the GPS Directorate. "Having successfully launched our 'Satellite of Firsts,' Vespucci, last December; we now look forward to a more regular pace of launches with this one and several more just on the horizon, as we continue to uphold the Gold Standard in space based position, navigation, and timing."

GPS III SV02 is currently slated to launch in July this year. Once on-orbit it will join the operational constellation of 31 GPS satellites. GPS delivers the world's gold standard in positioning, navigation, and timing services supporting vital U.S. and allied operations worldwide, underpinning critical financial, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure that billions of users have come to depend on daily.

ЦитироватьCape Canaveral preparing for key military launches
by Sandra Erwin — April 24, 2019

The Air Force 45th Space Wing is gearing up for three high-profile space launches at Cape Canaveral over the coming months. If all goes as planned, ... will fly ... the second vehicle of the Global Positioning System-3 constellation in July.

Lockheed Martin ... also completed the checkout testing of the $568 million GPS-3 SV-2 in anticipation of a July 25 launch.
GPS 3 SV-2
The second vehicle of the GPS 3 constellation will be the last mission flown by ULA's Delta 4 Medium "single stick" configuration with one common core booster. The company is taking the vehicle out of service as it moves to cut costs. Johnathon Caldwell, program manager for Lockheed Martin's navigation systems, said the company wrapped up checkout testing in Florida in late March and won't resume operations until May when preparations will begin for satellite fueling and integration with the Delta 4 fairing.


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• Rocket: Delta IV Medium+ (4,2)
• Mission: Global Positioning System III SV-2
• Launch Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019
• Launch Location: Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Mission Information: United Launch Alliance will use an Delta IV rocket to launch the second Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. GPS III represents the next step in modernization of the worldwide navigation network with a new generation of advanced satellites offering improved accuracy, better anti-jam resiliency and a new signal for civil users.

Launch Notes: GPS III SV-2 will be the 29th and final flight of the Delta IV Medium rocket, the 73rd GPS launch by a ULA or heritage vehicle and marks ULA's 135th mission.

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, and; hashtags #DeltaIV #GPSIII.
Go Delta Go GPS III!


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Jun 06 15:55

Delta IV rocket moved to launch pad for GPS deployment

June 6, 2019 -- The launch campaign is underway for United Launch Alliance's final Delta IV Medium rocket, the single-stick variant that has successfully performed critical missions for nearly two decades.

The Delta IV rocket leaves the HIF. Photo: United Launch Alliance

First launched in 2002, Medium rockets have carried important payloads for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, National Reconnaissance Office, a generation of NOAA's geostationary weather satellites and more.

The 29th and final Medium mission this summer will launch a sophisticated new navigation satellite, nicknamed Magellan, for the U.S. military's Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation. Liftoff is scheduled for July 25.

The rocket that will launch Magellan rolled out of the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) aboard a 36-wheel, diesel-powered transporter on Tuesday, May 28 and traveled down the road to the Space Launch Complex-37. The trip took just 40 minutes.

The Delta IV rocket travels to Space Launch Complex-37. Photo: United Launch Alliance

The fixed pad erector (FPE) hydraulically raised the rocket upright on the pad the next morning, May 29, accomplishing the milestone known as Launch Vehicle on Stand, or LVOS.

Two solid rocket motors (SRMs) that will help power the Delta IV off the pad were mated to the first stage on Friday, May 31 and Monday, June 3 to complete the initial assembly of the launch vehicle. The payload will be mounted atop the Delta IV closer to launch.

Each of the Graphite Epoxy Motors measures 60 inches in diameter and is 53 feet in length. Known as GEM-60s, both boosters will deliver over 550,000 pounds of thrust to augment the more than 705,000 pounds of thrust produced by the RS-68A main engine to power the Delta IV rocket skyward.

The SRMs and have flown 66 times to date on Delta IV rockets. This launch will mark the final flight of GEM-60s by the Delta IV program.

The fixed pad erector lifts the Delta IV upright. Photo: United Launch Alliance

In preparation for LVOS, the Delta IV arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last November from the ULA factory in Decatur, Alabama. The common booster core first stage and the Delta Cryogenic Second Stage underwent checkout, then the two stages were then mated in April at the HIF in preparation for rollout to the pad.

This particular rocket configuration is known as the Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) version and features a four-meter-diameter upper stage and two SRMs.

It is the most-flown of all the Delta IV Mediums, having performed half of the launches. The Medium family has provided a range of launch vehicle capabilities for the mass and orbit requirements of individual payloads.

The Delta IV goes vertical for continued processing. Photo: United Launch Alliance

In addition, three Mediums flew with no SRMs at all, three others used the larger five-meter upper stage and two SRMs and 8 flights incorporated a full set of four SRMs for maximum power of the Medium variant.

While the single-stick Delta IV Medium will soon launch for the final time, the triple-core Delta IV Heavy has several more flights booked on the manifest in the coming years in service to the U.S. national needs.

United Launch Alliance is developing the new Vulcan Centaur, a purpose-built rocket that will provide a modernized and affordable national security space launch solution to replace and expand the capabilities that the Delta IV and Atlas V rocket families have offered.

ЦитироватьFinal 'single stick' Delta 4-Medium rocket arrives at Florida launch pad
June 7, 2019Stephen Clark

The core of United Launch Alliance's final Delta 4-Medium rocket rolled out to Cape Canaveral's Complex 37 launch pad May 28. Credit: United Launch Alliance

Ground crews finished the initial build-up of the last "single stick" medium-lift variant of United Launch Alliance's Delta 4 rocket on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral last week in preparation for liftoff with a GPS navigation satellite July 25.

ULA is retiring the Delta 4-Medium rocket after next month's launch, but will continue flying the Delta 4-Heavy rocket through at least 2024 to carry clandestine payloads into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, which owns the U.S. government's spy satellite fleet.

The Delta 4-Heavy uses three Delta 4 first stages connected together to loft more massive payloads into orbit, or spacecraft requiring higher-speed trajectories, while the Delta 4-Medium uses a single first stage and duplicates the capabilities offered by ULA's less expensive Atlas 5 rocket.

Positioned on a 36-wheel diesel-fueled transporter, the Delta 4's first and second stages — already mated together — emerged from ULA's Horizontal Integration Facility on May 28 for the short drive to Cape Canaveral's Complex 37 launch pad. A hydraulic lift raised the rocket vertical inside the launch pad's mobile gantry May 29, and workers installed a pair of solid-fueled boosters on each side of the orange first stage May 31 and June 3.

Credit: United Launch Alliance

The Delta 4's first and second stages, powered by hydrogen-fueled Aerojet Rocketdyne engines, were connected together inside ULA's hangar near the launch pad before last week's rollout.

The Delta 4-Medium's final launch will deliver the second in a new generation of U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System satellites into an elliptical transfer orbit ranging more than 12,000 miles (about 20,000 kilometers) from Earth at its highest altitude.

The GPS 3 SV02 navigation satellite, nicknamed "Magellan" and built by Lockheed Martin, arrived at the Florida spaceport in March for final launch preparations. It will be added atop the Delta 4 rocket closer to launch, wrapped inside the launcher's protective nose cone.

The first of the new generation of GPS satellites, named "Vespucci," launched in December aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The GPS network provides positioning and timing services worldwide for military and civilian users.

The launch, scheduled for the morning of July 25, will mark the 40th flight of a Delta 4 rocket since 2002. It will be the 29th rocket to fly in the Delta 4-Medium configuration, with variants that include zero, two, or four strap-on solid rocket boosters, and options for two different payload fairing sizes.

The Delta 4 rocket was hoisted vertical at Cape Canaveral's Complex 37 launch pad May 29. Credit: United Launch Alliance

Originally designed and developed by Boeing, the Delta 4 rocket became part of ULA when the company was formed in 2006 by the merger of the Delta and Atlas launch vehicle divisions of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. ULA's primary business has been in launching U.S. national security satellites, and the Air Force's policy requires two rocket families be available to carry military payloads into space, in case one of the launchers runs into reliability woes.

ULA announced in 2014 it would retire the single-stick medium-lift version of the Delta 4. SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets are now certified by the Air Force to haul national security payloads into orbit. That places the Falcon and Atlas launcher families from SpaceX and ULA in head-to-head competitions for military launch contracts until a new generation of rockets come online in the early 2020s, including ULA's Vulcan Centaur, Blue Origin's New Glenn, and Northrop Grumman's planned OmegA system.

The Delta 4 the more expensive of ULA's two rocket families, hence the company's decision to retire it, and not the Atlas 5. But the Delta 4-Heavy variant will remain operational at least five more years. The National Reconnaissance Office, using the Air Force as a contracting agent, has purchased five more Delta 4-Heavy missions through 2024.


ЦитироватьSMC Ready for Summer of Launch Liftoff
SMC Public Affairs / Published June 18, 2019

Summer of 2019 heralds "Summer of Launch" for the Space and Missile Systems Center, the nation's launch vehicle procurer of choice. SMC leads the Department of Defense launch community as the organization celebrates its momentous milestones over a 31-day period.
Finally, on July 25, the GPS III SV02 mission will launch on United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Medium rocket. This will be the last "single-stick" Delta IV mission, ending a nearly two-decade-long era in which United Launch Alliance has successfully launched 24 Delta IV Mediums. Over the years the Delta IV has delivered a portfolio of critical warfighter capabilities to orbit including intelligence, military communications, defense meteorological services and GPS. These capabilities have supported the warfighter with the very best technology and information to dominate our adversaries in the land, sea, air and space domains.

The future of launch awaits!


ЦитироватьAF SMC‏ @AF_SMC 2 мин. назад

Fill 'er up! It's almost GO time!: GPS III SV02 "Magellan" has reached another milestone on the road to its July launch after being loaded with 3200.9 lbs of high-purity hydrazine (N2H4) and 1559.4 lbm of oxidizer (N204).


ЦитироватьAF SMC‏ @AF_SMC 4 ч. назад

GPS III SV02 successfully passed its final checkouts and was encapsulated last week at Astrotech's processing facility. One step closer to launch!
#SMC #SpaceStartsHere #GPSIIISV02 #DeltaIV #LAAFB #AFSPC #USAF #45SW #EpicSpeed #Magellan #GPSIIILaunchDay #Summeroflaunch

ЦитироватьGPS III Space Vehicle 02 encapsulated ahead of planned July launch
By Space and Missile Systems Center, SMC Public Affairs / Published June 27, 2019

The Air Force's Lockheed Martin-built Global Positioning System III satellite was encapsulated within the United Launch Alliance (ULA) payload fairing at Astrotech June 26 in preparation for its upcoming launch next month at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The USAF Space and Missile Systems Center, home to the vanguard of satellite acquisition professionals, and the nation's launch procurer of choice, was responsible for GPS III SV02's rigorous Mission Assurance certifications and testing leading to full launch- and mission-readiness.

Encapsulation within the payload fairing protects it against the impact of dynamic pressure and aerodynamic heating during its harrowing journey through Earth's atmosphere, and supports the ability to communicate with the satellite until separation fr om the rocket on orbit.

GPS III SV02, known as "Magellan," in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition to circumnavigate the Earth, is now ready to be rolled out to its pad at Space Launch Complex-37, wh ere it will be mated with the ULA Delta IV (4,2) rocket. This will be the final launch for the Delta IV (4,2) configuration. It is scheduled for liftoff on July 25 at 10:55 a.m. EDT.

SMC conducted a rigorous source selection to ensure the Delta IV rocket met all mission requirements. SMC is responsible for all Mission Assurance analyses, which encompass technical evaluations of the products, system requirements verification and validation and examining every single piece of hardware that builds the rocket. This due diligence enables Magellan to be reliably placed on orbit to meet civilian and Warfighter communications needs.

Magellan will join the current 31-satellite operational constellation, plus one GPS III satellite currently undergoing on-orbit checkout, to continue providing the "Gold Standard" in positioning, navigation and timing services for more than four billion users worldwide. The encapsulation brings Magellan one-step closer to launch.

This second GPS III launch exemplifies SMC's transition to the new SMC 2.0 - Production Corps construct, with more satellites awaiting their ride to orbit. As the U.S. enters a new era with space as a Warfighting domain, SMC is spearheading the way with more significant U.S. acquisition agility initiatives that will drive innovation within the space enterprise and speed the delivery of crucial new capabilities to Warfighters.

Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California, is the U.S. Air Force's Center of Excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch, range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.



ЦитироватьJul 17 17:44
(Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., July 17, 2019) -- The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the GPS III SV02 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is delayed, due to an anomaly during component testing at a supplier which has created a cross-over concern. Upon further evaluation, additional time is needed to replace and retest the component on the launch vehicle. Launch of the GPS III SV02 mission is now targeted for no earlier than Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.

ЦитироватьВ США отложили два пуска ракет с военными спутниками

МОСКВА, 17 июл - РИА Новости. Пуски американских ракет-носителей Atlas-5 и Delta-4 с военными космическими аппаратами, планировавшиеся в июле, перенесены на август из-за технических проблем, сообщила компания United Launch Alliance (ULA).

В среду компания ULA, которая осуществляет пуски ракет Atlas-5 и Delta-4, сообщила о переносе с 25 июля на не ранее 22 августа старта ракеты Delta-4 со вторым навигационным спутником GPS-3 в интересах ВВС США с космодрома на мысе Канаверал.

В качестве причины отсрочки указана проблема, возникшая при наземном тестировании неназванного узла на предприятии одного из поставщиков. В связи с этим требуется дополнительное время для анализа ситуации, замены узла на ракете и его повторного тестирования.

Неделю назад компания ULA сообщила о переносе с 17 июля на не ранее 8 августа пуска ракеты Atlas-5 со спутником связи AEHF-5 также в интересах ВВС США и также с мыса Канаверал. При этом причина отсрочки была озвучена такой же, как и для Delta-4.

Ранее пуск ракеты Atlas-5 со спутником AEHF-5 уже откладывался из-за неисправной батареи на ракете.


Виновен пока не доказано обратное!
ЦитироватьTory Bruno‏Подлинная учетная запись @torybruno 1 ч. назад

В ответ @HRiveravidales @ulalaunch @AF_SMC
Example of our Mission Success process. "Sibling issue": Part on the rocket is functioning normally. Another of the same part failed a test at a supplier.  This demands that all parts are suspect until we can prove otherwise. If we can't, C/A. Guilty until proven innocent...


ЦитироватьJul 25 18:00

Launch window update

The launch window on Aug. 22 will open at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 UTC) and extend to 9:27 a.m. EDT (1327 UTC),a duration of 27 minutes.

Our live countdown blog will begin at 11:45 p.m. EDT (0345 UTC) on Aug. 21. The launch webcast starts at 8:40 a.m. EDT (1240 UTC).

ЦитироватьAug 01 19:33

Delta IV rocket aims new satellite for GPS constellation

August 1, 2019 -- Final preparations are underway at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-37 to send a modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite into the orbiting navigation network atop a Delta IV rocket.

ULA technicians transport the GPS III satellite to the Delta IV launch pad. Photo: United Launch Alliance

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's GPS III SV02 spacecraft, dubbed Magellan in honor of the Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition to circumnavigate the Earth, was moved overnight this week from its processing facility to the seaside launch pad at a top speed never exceeding 5 mph.

The payload, already encapsulated in the 4-meter-diameter composite payload fairing, was hauled by a motorized KAMAG Elevating Platform Transporter (EPT) that provided hydraulic leveling and precision positioning capabilities along the route. The EPT also towed a Portable Environmental Control System (PECS) trailer to supply conditioned air to the payload fairing during the trip.

Once parked in the hoistway on the backside of the Mobile Service Tower (MST), technicians used the crane system in the gantry the next morning to carefully lift the satellite onto the Delta IV rocket's second stage to complete a successful vertical integration of the launch vehicle and payload. The fully-assembled rocket now stands 207 feet tall.

A payload's installation on the rocket signals a major milestone in the final launch campaign after years of diligent work by the spacecraft and launch vehicle production teams, engineers and specialists to prepare a new national asset to be boosted into orbit.

A tip-to-tail electrical test of the combined payload and launch vehicle will occur next, an operation known as the Integrated Systems Test (IST)

Once that is completed, the comprehensive process to verify flight readiness will begin in parallel to final vehicle closeouts for the launch targeted for Aug. 22 at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 UTC).

GPS is a network of orbiting satellites that provide precision navigation and timing services to the U.S. military and civilian users around the world. The Lockheed Martin-built GPS III spacecraft possess improved accuracy, better anti-jamming and a longer design life than previous satellite generations.

ULA and our heritage rockets have successfully launched 70 GPS satellites since 1978.


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