Template:Infobox spaceflight USA-206, also GPS SVN-50, PRN-05 and NAVSTAR 64 and known before launch as GPS IIR-21, GPS IIRM-8 or GPS IIR-21(M), is an American navigation satellite which forms part of the Navstar Global Positioning System. It was the twenty-first and last Block IIR GPS satellite to be launched, and the eighth to use the modernised IIRM configuration.
GPS IIR-21 was built by Lockheed Martin, based on the AS-4000 satellite bus, with the navigation payload being built by ITT. It was launched by a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, using the 7925-9.5 configuration, on 17 August 2009 at 10:35 GMT. It was the last spacecraft to launch from Space Launch Complex 17A at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a launch pad which was first used in August 1957 for test flights of the PGM-17 Thor missile. It is also the final flight of an AS-4000 bus, the final GPS launch on a Delta II, and the final Delta II launch to be overseen by the US Air Force.
Following separation from its carrier rocket, GPS IIR-21 received its USA designation, USA-206. It was deployed into a transfer orbit, from which raised itself to a semi-synchronous medium Earth orbit on 19 August, using an onboard Star 37FM apogee motor. It is a 2,032-kilogram (Template:Convert/LoffAonSon) satellite, and is expected to operate for at least ten years. Once it had completed on-orbit testing, it began covering Slot 3 of Plane E of the GPS constellation, replacing USA-126, or GPS IIA-26, which was launched in July 1996. It was declared operational on 27 August 2009.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Krebs, Gunter. "Navstar 2RM". Gunter's Space Page. http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/navstar-2rm.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Final LockMart Modernized GPS IIR Satellite Set For Launch". GPS Daily. 2009-08-11. http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Final_LockMart_Modernized_GPS_IIR_Satellite_Set_For_Launch_999.html. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Delta II GPS IIR-21 Mission Booklet". United Launch Alliance. http://www.ulalaunch.com/launch/GPSIIR-21/GPS_IIR21_MOB.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-15. [dead link]
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Ray, Justin. "Mission Status Center". Delta Launch Report. Spaceflight Now. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/delta/d343/status.html. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- ↑ Ray, Justin (2009-03-24). "Delta 2 rocket delivers another GPS satellite to orbit". Spaceflight Now. http://spaceflightnow.com/delta/d340/. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
- ↑ Krebs, Gunter. "Martin Marietta -> Lockheed Martin: 4000". Gunter's Space Page. http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sat/lockheed_4000.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- ↑ "Air Force Sets Latest GPS Satellite Operational". Inside GNSS. 2009-08-27. http://www.insidegnss.com/node/1641. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
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