March delivers last of 12 GPS IIF satellites

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U.S. Air Force photo/James Rainier

A quality assurance team from the 45th Launch Group off-loads an Air Force GPS IIF-12 satellite from a 452nd Air Mobility Wing C-17 Globemaster III on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Oct. 8, 2015. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid Strip” to watch the off-loading of the satellite they will prepare to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket in 2016. “This GPS IIF-12 satellite represents the end of a legacy as it will be the last of the 61 GPS satellites processed here at (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station),” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the 45th Space Wing commander. “This culminates an incredible 27-year legacy at our Area 59 Satellite Processing Facility. We are the nation’s premier gateway to space and are humbled to be a part of the team that provides GPS and its capabilities to the world.”