Elon Musk's SpaceX Conducts first Mission for US Military

SpaceX launches Air Force’s best GPS yet ends banner year

SpaceX launches Air Force’s best GPS yet ends banner year Space X

The satellite's launch was initially planned for Tuesday, but failed due to technical issues. Space X rocket carrying USA military took off from Cape Canaveral from Florida on Sunday making the first-ever transportation of the security space transportation of the United States successful.

SpaceX, along with Boeing, has a contract to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station as part of what's known as the Commercial Crew programme with Nasa, but the timeline for the first flights has slipped repeatedly.

Due to a heavy payload and higher orbit than most SpaceX missions, there will not be enough fuel left to attempt a landing of the Falcon 9 on land or at sea. The GPS III went into medium Earth orbit roughly 1 hour and 56 minutes after liftoff, according to the SpaceX press kit. GPS III is created to provide three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities.

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". Basically, this is because the Global Positioning System satellite was loaded with more fuel than usual, increasing the load on the Falcon 9 and requiring more first stage performance.

Air Force and Lockheed Martin engineers are controlling GPS III SV01's launch and checkout test using elements of the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) Block 0.

The following year, SpaceX won a $83 million Air Force contract to dispatch the GPS III satellite, which will have a life expectancy of 15 years.

But it'll be a while before Vespucci, which was built by aerospace company Lockheed Martin, is fully up and running. GPS IIIF builds off Lockheed Martin's existing modular GPS III, which was created to evolve with new technology and changing mission needs. The launch had been rescheduled earlier in the week because of the weather.

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