The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the 12th and final GPS IIF satellite has been pushed back to at least Feb. 4, according to a press release. It was originally scheduled to launch Feb. 3. The delay is to “evaluate concerns over the integrity of electrical connectors on the Atlas V booster,” states the release. The Air Force launched the 11th GPS IIF satellite from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., in late October, after a leak in ground support equipment shifted the launch window by one day. The Air Force took control of GPS-IIF 12 in late November. The GPS constellation, which includes about 40 satellites, provides global positioning, navigation, and timing for users around the world.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…