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SpaceVidcast Daily 25.5.10

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3 ... 2 ... hold, hold, hold on your Space Pod for May 25, 2010. Last night United Launch Alliance was slated to lift the all new Boeing GPS IIF series satellites in to orbit. Now, the IIF series is the latest in our GPS constellation, which originally started in 1978 with Navstar I. The first GPS satellites were known as Block I units and were in service from 1978 to 1995. Starting in 1989 the Block II satellites started getting added to the constellation and 19 of these block II satellites were used until 2007. Then we moved on to Block IIA then Block IIR followed by Block IIR-M and now we're launching our first new Block IIF series GPS satellite. Shiny! Each new series adds improvements to the constellation. According to Boeing, the Block IIF satellites feature two times greater signal accuracy than heritage satellites, new L5 signals for aviation, a new military 'M code' which sounds a bit foreboding to me, an on-orbit programmable processor and of course that 12 year shelf life. Well now that we know about the awesome new satellite, lets take a look at that launch, shall we? T-15 seconds T-10 9 ... 8 ... 7 ... 6 ... Hold, hold, hold, we have a map script abort. Well at this point, I'm Doug Shores, thank you for joining us, this concludes our broadcast for this evening. Well, that's the life of a space geek. Sometimes is just comes down to the wire and then ... hold! At least I have my new Android 2.2 operating system to play with until that Delta IV is ready to liftoff! Hey, did I mention that Spacevidcast live and on-demand plays great on Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 beta? So when that Delta IV is finally ready to lift off, I'll watch it right on my mobile phone. How cool is that? More videos at http://www.spacevidcast.com

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Duration: 2 minutes and 15 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Benjamin Higginbotham
Director: Benjamin Higginbotham
Views: 70
Posted by: spacevidcaster on Jun 5, 2010

Last night United Launch Alliance was slated to lift the all new Boeing GPS IIF series satellites in to orbit. The IIF series is the latest in our GPS constellation, which originally started in 1978 with Navstar I.

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