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USA-262, also known as GPS IIF-10, GPS SVN-72 and NAVSTAR 74, is an American navigation satellite which forms part of the Global Positioning System. It was the tenth of twelve Block IIF satellites to be launched.[1]

LaunchEdit

Built by Boeing and launched by United Launch Alliance, USA-262 was launched at 15:36 UTC on 15 July 2015, atop a Atlas V 401 carrier rocket, vehicle number AV-055.[2] The launch took place from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,[3] and placed USA-262 directly into semi-synchronous orbit.[4]

OrbitEdit

As of 15 July 2015, USA-262 was in an orbit with a perigee of 20,445 kilometers (Template:Convert/round mi), an apogee of 20,450 kilometers (Template:Convert/round mi), a period of 728.77 minutes, and 55.00 degrees of inclination to the equator.[4] It is used to broadcast the PRN 08 signal, and operates in slot 3 of plane C of the GPS constellation. The satellite has a design life of 15 years and a mass of 1,630 kilograms (Template:Convert/round lb). [1] It is currently in service following commissioning on August 12, 2015.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Krebs, Gunter. "GPS-2F (Navstar-2F)". Gunter's Space Page. http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/navstar-2f.htm. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  2. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. http://planet4589.org/space/log/launchlog.txt. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  3. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch List". Launch Vehicle Database. Jonathan's Space Page. http://planet4589.org/space/lvdb/list2.html. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. http://planet4589.org/space/log/satcat.txt. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  5. "NOTICE ADVISORY TO NAVSTAR USERS (NANU) 2015073". United States Coast Guard. http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?Do=gpsShowNanu&num=2015073. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
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