A Block IIA GPS satellite
|Operator||US Air Force|
|Mission duration||7.5 years (planned)|
|Spacecraft type||GPS Block IIA|
|Launch mass||1,816 kilograms (4,000 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||28 March 1996, 00:21:00UTC|
|Launch vehicle||Delta II 7925-9.5, D234|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral LC-17B|
|Perigee||20,080 kilometres (12,480 mi)|
|Apogee||20,284 kilometres (12,604 mi)|
USA-117, also known as GPS IIA-16, GPS II-25 and GPS SVN-33, is an American navigation satellite which forms part of the Global Positioning System. It was the sixteenth of nineteen Block IIA GPS satellites to be launched.
USA-117 was launched at 00:21:00 UTC on 28 March 1996, atop a Delta II carrier rocket, flight number D234, flying in the 7925-9.5 configuration. The launch took place from Launch Complex 17B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and placed USA-117 into a transfer orbit. The satellite raised itself into medium Earth orbit using a Star-37XFP apogee motor.
On 27 April 1996, USA-117 was in an orbit with a perigee of 20,080 kilometres (12,480 mi), an apogee of 20,284 kilometres (12,604 mi), a period of 717.96 minutes, and 54.7 degrees of inclination to the equator. It broadcasts the PRN 03 signal, and operates in slot 2 of plane C of the GPS constellation. The satellite has a mass of 1,816 kilograms (4,000 lb). It had a design life of 7.5 years, however as of 2012 it remains in service.
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