GPS-3 2 (USA-293)

Launch Time
Thu Aug 22, 2019 13:06 UTC

The final flight of the Delta IV Medium.


Delta IV Medium+ (4,2)
Image Credit: ULA
Status: Retired
Price: $164.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 4,895 kN
Payload to LEO: 10,440 kg
Payload to GTO: 6,390 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 62.5 m
Fairing Diameter: 4.0 m
Fairing Height: 11.75 m

Mission Details

GPS-3 2 (USA-293)

GPS-3 (Global Positioning System) or Navstar-3 (Navigation System using Timing And Ranging) are the first evolution stage of the third generation of the GPS satellites.

The U.S. Air Force announced in May 2008 that a team led by Lockheed Martin has won the competition to build the next-generation Global Positioning System (Navstar) Space System program, known as GPS III.

This program will improve position, navigation, and timing services for the warfighter and civil users worldwide and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability.

When fully deployed, the GPS III constellation will feature a cross-linked command and control architecture, allowing the entire GPS constellation to be updated simultaneously from a single ground station. Additionally, a new spot beam capability for enhanced military (M-Code) coverage and increased resistance to hostile jamming will be incorporated. These enhancements will contribute to improved accuracy and assured availability for military and civilian users worldwide.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 3,680.0 kg
Medium Earth Orbit


SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA



61st orbital launch attempt

United Launch Alliance

135th mission
4th mission of 2019
134th successful mission
130th consecutive successful mission

Delta IV Medium

29th mission
2nd mission of 2019
29th successful mission