Press Release

Boeing Delta II Places Air Force GPS Satellite into Orbit

By SpaceRef Editor
December 21, 2003
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Delta II
rocket has successfully deployed a Global Positioning System (GPS) IIR-10
satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

Liftoff of the Delta II occurred at 3:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch
Complex 17A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The deployment sequence
was completed in 68 minutes at 4:13 a.m.

The GPS satellite, which will orbit nearly 11,000 miles above the Earth,
was launched aboard a Delta II 7925-9.5 vehicle.

“Our Delta team has done an outstanding job in supporting the customer, by
providing absolute mission assurance,” said Dan Collins, vice president and
general manager, Delta Programs, for Boeing. “This successful 302nd Delta
launch re-affirms our pride in being a part of the GPS program, which is so
vital to our nation’s national security.”

Operated by U.S. Air Force Space Command, the GPS constellation provides
precise navigation and timing to worldwide military and civilian users 24-
hours a day and in all weather conditions. For the warfighter, GPS has enabled
the development and use of cost-effective precision guided munitions, and is
considered a major component of DoD’s transformational plans.
The next Delta mission will carry the NASA Aura Earth Observing System
spacecraft. The launch is scheduled for March 2004 aboard a Delta II from
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Boeing Launch Services Inc., based in Huntington Beach, Calif., is
responsible for the marketing and sales of the Sea Launch and Delta family of
launch vehicles to Boeing national security, civil space and commercial

A unit of The Boeing Company, Integrated Defense Systems is one of the
world’s largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis,
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $25 billion business. It provides
systems solutions to its global military, government, and commercial
customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence surveillance, and
reconnaissance; the world’s largest military aircraft manufacturer; the
world’s largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based
communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense;
NASA’s largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services.

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Note: Photos of the launch will be available at midday on Dec. 21.

SpaceRef staff editor.