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The SpaceX rocket finally launches the first spy satellite into space after a series of failures



SpaceX has launched a next-generation GPS satellite for the United States Air Force after nearly a week of delay for the Falcon 9 rocket.

The launch was originally scheduled for December 18 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, but weather conditions and technical issues have forced to postpone the release four times.

For the first time, private space company Elona Muska launched a satellite for the US armed forces under a $ 83 million (65 million pounds) contract with air forces.

This lucrative military satellite market was previously dominated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. However, in 2014, SpaceX successfully carried out a lawsuit to open it.

Spy satellite with the pseudonym Vespucci, after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, will join the current constellation of 31 operating GPS satellites.

"Launching is always a monumental event, and especially because it is the first GPS satellite of its generation launched on the first SpaceX space mission," said Air Force spokesperson, Lieutenant General John Thompson.

"As more and more GPS III satellites join the constellation, it will bring better service at lower technology costs, which is now fully interwoven with the fabric of any modern civilization."

Colonel Robert Bongiovi, Director of Implementation, adds: "The first GPS III launch is a significant milestone for the GPS constellation, as well as our collaboration with SpaceX." This presentation showed the successful collaboration and collaboration of all mission partners to provide the opportunities they need fighters. "

SpaceX described the possibilities of his cargo in his mission review, noting that the start is "critical for national defense."

The SpaceX Rocket Falcon 9 carrying a military satellite successfully fired on December 23, 2018. From Cape Canaveral, Florida (SpaceX)

The space company said: "The latest generation of GPS satellites has been designed and built to provide information about positioning, navigation and time with three times better accuracy and up to eight times the resistance to deadlocks."

Unlike the recent SpaceX missions, no attempt was made to land the first stage of the rocket, although representatives of the Air Force who initially suggested takeoff may include landing.

SpaceX will launch at least four more GPS satellites as part of a contract with air forces.


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