Air Force Official: Launch Proximity Could Lead To Schedule Delays

By Courtney Albon / May 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM
The seven-day gap between two upcoming Air Force launches gives the service a tight window in which to complete standard pre- and post-launch procedures, according to Space and Missile Systems Center officials. The service and its launch partners are preparing to launch the fourth Global Positioning Satellite IIF (GPS IIF) on May 15 and the Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) satellite on May 22. Walt Lauderdale, the alternate mission director for the upcoming GPS IIF launch, told reporters during a...

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