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Mission typeNavigation
OperatorUS Air Force
COSPAR ID1989-097A
SATCAT no.20361
Mission duration7.5 years (planned)[1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeGPS Block II[1]
Launch mass840 kilograms (1,850 lb)[2]
Start of mission
Launch date11 December 1989, 18:10:01 (1989-12-11UTC18:10:01Z) UTC
RocketDelta II 6925,[3] D190[3]
Launch siteCape Canaveral LC-17B[3]
End of mission
Deactivated23 February 2005 (2005-02-24)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeMedium Earth
Perigee altitude20,009 kilometres (12,433 mi)[4]
Apogee altitude20,357 kilometres (12,649 mi)[4]
Inclination54.9 degrees[4]
Period718 minutes[4]

USA-49, also known as GPS II-5 and GPS SVN-17, was an American navigation satellite which formed part of the Global Positioning System. It was the fifth of nine Block II GPS satellites to be launched, which were the first operational GPS satellites to fly.

USA-49 was launched at 18:10:01 UTC on 11 December 1989, atop a Delta II carrier rocket, flight number D190, flying in the 6925 configuration.[3] The launch took place from Launch Complex 17B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,[5] and placed USA-49 into a transfer orbit. The satellite raised itself into medium Earth orbit using a Star-37XFP apogee motor.[1]

On 11 January 1990, USA-49 was in an orbit with a perigee of 20,009 kilometres (12,433 mi), an apogee of 20,357 kilometres (12,649 mi), a period of 718 minutes, and 54.9 degrees of inclination to the equator.[4] It operated in slot 3 of plane D of the GPS constellation.[6] The satellite had a mass of 840 kilograms (1,850 lb), and generated 710 watts of power.[2] It had a design life of 7.5 years,[1] and ceased operations on 23 February 2005.


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  4. ^ a b c d e McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  5. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch List". Launch Vehicle Database. Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
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