USA-265

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USA-265
Navstar-2F.jpg
A Block IIF GPS satellite
Mission typeNavigation
OperatorUS Air Force
COSPAR ID2015-062A[1]
SATCAT no.41019[1]
Mission duration12 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftGPS SVN-73 (IIF-11)
Spacecraft typeGPS Block IIF
ManufacturerBoeing
Launch mass1,630 kilograms (3,590 lb)[2]
Start of mission
Launch date31 October 2015, 16:13 (2015-10-31UTC16:13Z) UTC
RocketAtlas V 401, AV-060[3]
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-41[3]
ContractorULA
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeMedium Earth
(Semi-synchronous)
Perigee altitude20,444 km (12,703 mi)[4]
Apogee altitude20,491 km (12,733 mi)[4]
Inclination54.99 degrees[4]
Period729.58 minutes[4]
Epoch5 December 2015, 17:24:23 UTC
 

USA-265, also known as GPS IIF-11, GPS SVN-73 and NAVSTAR 75, is an American navigation satellite which forms part of the Global Positioning System. It was the eleventh of twelve Block IIF satellites to be launched.[2]

Launch[edit]

Built by Boeing and launched by United Launch Alliance, USA-265 was launched at 16:13 UTC on 31 October 2015, atop a Atlas V 401 carrier rocket, vehicle number AV-060.[3] The launch took place from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,[5] and placed USA-265 directly into semi-synchronous orbit.[4]

Orbit[edit]

As of 5 December 2015, USA-265 was in an orbit with a perigee of 20,444 kilometers (12,703 mi), an apogee of 20,491 kilometers (12,733 mi), a period of 729.58 minutes, and 54.99 degrees of inclination to the equator.[4] It is used to broadcast the PRN 10 signal, and operates in slot 6 of plane E of the GPS constellation. The satellite has a design life of 15 years and a mass of 1,630 kilograms (3,590 lb). [2] It is currently in service following commissioning on December 9, 2015.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Navstar 75". US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Krebs, Gunter. "GPS-2F (Navstar-2F)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b c McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  5. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch List". Launch Vehicle Database. Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  6. ^ "NOTICE ADVISORY TO NAVSTAR USERS (NANU) 2015093". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 10 December 2015.