Delta 2 / GPS-2R-18 Upcoming Launch Coverage Thurs (12-20) @ 2:40pmET G-26 (T-6) Tr 9C (3880 V) Analog

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Date: Thu Dec 20 2007 - 15:27:35 UTC

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    Thursday afternoon (12-20)  a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket 
    (7925 configuration) with  NAVSTAR GPS 2R-18 spacecraft is scheduled to 
    launch from pad 17A. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
    
    Launch is scheduled at 2:59 p.m. EDT.  with a window extending to 3:13 
    p.m. EST.
    
    Satellite seperation is scheduled for 68 minutes after launch.
    
    GPS 2R-18 (GPS 2R-M5) is the fifth of eight in the new "Modernized" 
    version of the 2R series of satellites that feature many improvements 
    for greater accuracy, and tougher resistance to interference and 
    enhanced performance for users around the world.
    
    GPS 2R-18 will go into the Plane C, Slot 1 position of the constellation 
    to take the place of GPS 2A-24. That satellite then moves into another 
    role replacing the ailing GPS 2A-20 satellite, which was launched in May 
    1993.
    
    Broadcast coverage:
    
    Galaxy 26 (T6) at 93.0W, transponder 9C (3880 V) analog
    
    Test Starts at 2:30 p.m. EST.
    
    Broadcast starts approx. 2:40 p.m. EST.
    
    Dont have a dish? a webcast is available:
    http://www.ulalaunch.com/index_webcast.html
    
    Additional coverage at:
    
    http://www.spaceflightnow.com/delta/d331/status.html
    http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/launches/next_launch.html
    http://lmms.external.lmco.com/  (GPS IIR-18 spacecraft developer)
    
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