SpaceX Puts Powerful GPS Satellite for US Military Into Orbit

SpaceX GPS III Satellite Launch

Another launch was scheduled for Saturday and Thursday, however, strong winds and thunderstorms halted both lift-off attempts.

"Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center and program executive officer of the Air Force's for space said", Launch is always a monumental event, and especially so since this is the first GPS satellite of its generation launched on SpaceX's first national security space mission".

The launch is a landmark for SpaceX to make a presence in the lucrative military space launch market. But by the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage sensors scrapped the launch.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly Dollars 500 million Global Positioning System satellite was due to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral around 9 a.m.

The next generation "GPS III" satellite finally soared into space on Sunday on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, from Cape Canaveral at 8:51 a.m. ET, according to a report.

The mission was SpaceX's first national security mission. The GPS III satellite, known as GPS 3 SV01 and nicknamed "Vespucci, will feature higher-power positioning, timing signals, and navigation around the world".

The next year, SpaceX won an $US83 million Air Force contract to launch the GPS III satellite, which will have a lifespan of 15 years.

It withdrew the lawsuit in 2015 after Air Force agreed to break the monopoly of Boeing and Lockheed.

For its Florida launches, SpaceX relies on assistance from the US Air Force's 45th Space Wing, which oversees flights out of Cape Canaveral.

Space X was awarded part of a multi-billion-dollar contract by the U.S. military, alongside Boeing and Lockheed's joint venture United Launch Alliance, for 36 rocket launches.

The next GPS III satellite is due to launch in mid-2019, Mr Eschenfelder said, while subsequent satellites undergo testing in the company's Colorado processing facility.

SpaceX has had a record-breaking 20 launches this year.

Built by, the satellite could eventually be one of as many as 32 satellites that the Air Force may order over the coming years to modernize its current satellite constellation.



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