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Photos: GPS 2F-12 navigation spacecraft readied for launch

This collection of photographs shows the Air Force’s Global Positioning System 2F-12 navigation satellite being encapsulated in the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 nose cone and hoisted atop the rocket for flight on Friday morning.

Encapsulation occurred at Cape Canaveral’s Area 59 processing facility for the GPS satellites on Jan. 19. Stacking atop the Atlas occurred Jan. 30 at the Vertical Integration Facility located at Complex 41.

Photos by United Launch Alliance

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ULA GPS IIF-12 Lift & Mate

ULA GPS IIF-12 Lift & Mate

ULA GPS IIF-12 Lift & Mate

ULA GPS IIF-12 Lift & Mate

ULA GPS IIF-12 Lift & Mate

ULA GPS IIF-12 Lift & Mate

ULA GPS IIF-12 Lift & Mate

See earlier GPS 2F-12 coverage.

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Source: Space Flight

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Photos: GPS 2F-12 navigation spacecraft readied for launch

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