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GPS IIR-16 Rocket Launch November 17th

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It's for one of the satellites that your nav system connects to determine your location.

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The next scheduled launch is of a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS IIR-16) aboard a Delta II from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The launch window will open Friday, November 17th, at 1912 GMT (2:12 pm EST) and close at 1926 GMT (2:26 pm EST). The webcast will begin at 1845 GMT (1:45 pm EST).

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How many (GPS satellits) are in orbit right now?

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There are currently 30 operational GPS satellites in low earth orbit. This launch if all goes well will be 31.

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Originally, the plan was for 24 geostationary GPS satellites, wasn't it?

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I edited the launch date to Thursday but but talking to people at work will probably not launch until Friday.

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Originally, the plan was for 24 geostationary GPS satellites, wasn't it?
24 satellites constitute a operational constellation. The max with current commercial GPS receivers is 31.

From what I understand, Lockheed Martin has 4 more ready for launch. Maybe older satellites will be decommissioned or maybe not since their main purpose is national defense.

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The launch went off in clear blue skys.

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