United Launch Alliance launches Magellan GPS III satellite for USAF

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has announced a Delta IV rocket lifted off from space launch complex-37, carrying Magellan, the second Global Positioning System III satellite, for the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, the company said.

This mission marked the 29th and final flight of the Delta IV Medium rocket and the 73rd GPS launch by a ULA or heritage vehicle.

The GPS III system, built by Lockheed Martin, 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.

ULA´s next launch is Boeing´s CST-100 Starliner, Orbital Flight Test, aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

ULA is a launch service provider that has delivered more than 130 satellites to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, and support life-saving technology.