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GPS III 2 Lockheed Martin GPS Satellite Built In Colorado Finally Launches Into Space

SpaceX successfully launches satellite for 1st national security mission

Rocket Falcon 9 took form from Cape Canaveral at 8:51 a.m. whereas for schedules of the launch in the last week was canceled and delayed due to some serious reasons like those of the weather and technical issues. This victory is even more special for SpaceX considering that it had dragged the U.S. Air Force to court in 2014, after it awarded the multibillion-dollar contract of 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance - a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed.

This cargo is the first of the 32 satellites, constructed by Lockheed Martin for the US Air Force's GPS III programme.

It would have marked SpaceX's first so-called National Security Space mission, as defined by the USA military, SpaceX said. 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 launch marks SpaceX's first-ever launch of a military satellite, giving musk's rocket company an opportunity to break into the lucrative market of military space. The GPS III will go into medium-Earth orbit roughly one hour and 56 minutes after liftoff, according to the SpaceX press kit.

SpaceX successfully launches next version Global Positioning System satellite for US airforce.

GPS III Lockheed Martin GPS Satellite Built In Colorado Finally Launches Into Space
Artist’s rendering of a new GPS III satellite

The dispatch was initially booked for 2014 however has been limped by generation delays, the Air Force said.

GPS III signals will also be compatible with other satellite-navigation systems, Whitney said, which should "maximize the availability and accuracy of navigation signals worldwide".

The Falcon 9 carried to orbit 64 spacecraft, in particular 15 Micro satellites and 49 cubesats, for 35 customers from 17 countries.

But it'll be a while before Vespucci, which was built by aerospace company Lockheed Martin, is fully up and running. It helps the company to clear the airspace for launches, provides weather reports, and sets up road closures to make sure the public stays clear of the site. On Dec. 8, GPS III SV01 completed pre-launch processing, fueling and encapsulation at Astrotech Space Operations, in Titusville, Florida.

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