Atlas 5 launches GPS 2F-4
5/15/13 ~ 5:38pm

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An Atlas 5 launches the fourth Block IIF Global Positioning System satellite, GPS 2F-4 (IIF-4). It was the first GPS launch on an Atlas in 28 years and the first time ever an Atlas rocket launched a GPS satellite for the modern, operational Block 2 constellation which began in 1989 on the inaugural Delta 2, which was the vehicle of choice until the IIF series began in 2010.

HONORABLE MENTION: First photo below, 2013 Aviation Week Photo Contest

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