SpaceX Successfully Launches Next Version GPS Satellite For U.S. Airforce

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a U.S. Air Force GPS III SV01 from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

However, Elon Musk's commercial space flight company successfully completed its first mission for the U.S. military on Sunday. It's meant to join the Air Force's current GPS constellation already in orbit, and when the new system becomes fully operational, it's expected to be three times more accurate than the GPS we use now. Four previous scheduled launches in the last week, including one on Saturday, were cancelled due to weather and technical issues.

SpaceX usually attempts to land Falcon 9 first stages shortly after liftoff for future reuse, but that didn't happen today.

The Falcon 9 carried to orbit 64 spacecraft, in particular 15 Micro satellites and 49 cubesats, for 35 customers from 17 countries. Spacecraft life will extend to 15 years, 25 percent longer than any of the Global Positioning System satellites on-orbit today.

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".

It is the first in a series, nicknamed Vespucci after the 15th-century Italian explorer who calculated Earth's circumference to within 80 kilometres.

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The rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 4 at the air force base at 10:34 a.m. PST (1834 GMT).

Lockheed Martin developed GPS III and manufactured GPS III SV01 at its advanced $128-million GPS III Processing Facility near Denver.

This mission is the final one of 2018 for Elon Musk's SpaceX and the company's 21st launch of the year, which breaks its 2017 record. "By this time next year, we expect to also have a second GPS III on orbit and users should be receiving signals from this first satellite".

The next launch attempt will be on Sunday at 8:51 a.m. EST/ 13:51 UTC, according to Space X officials.

The satellite is the first to jump start out of 32 underway by Lockheed under contracts worth a consolidated $12.6 billion for the Air Force GPS III program, as indicated by Lockheed representative Chip Eschenfelder.

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