SpaceX launches first U.S. national security space mission

Cesar Mills
December 26, 2018

A Space X Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched in the United States this afternoon, after four successive failed attempts to carry out the company's first national security space mission.

Bad weather forced the fourth cancellation of a SpaceX launch Saturday from Florida, with the next liftoff scheduled for Sunday.

Elon Musk's SpaceX scrapped Saturday's launch of a long-delayed navigation satellite for the USA military due to strong upper level winds.

The satellite was supposed to soar on Tuesday but rocket concerns and then weather delayed the flight. The high-profile payload heading into medium Earth orbit, 10,900 nautical miles above the planet, was the Air Force's GPS III, the first in a new generation of GPS satellites headed to space.

Thus, Elon Musk made it the first ever mission of security for USA government.

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The GPS III satellite is a next-generation version satellite that will significantly aid the US Air Force in more precise geolocation services.

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SpaceX has completed 21 launches in this year, which is more than the 18 launches last year, in what's been a banner year for the company. It dropped the lawsuit in 2015 after the Air Force agreed to open up competition. The company had sued the U.S. Air Force in 2014 over the military's award of a multibillion-dollar, non-compete contract for 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, which is a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed. The very next year Musk's company secured an $83 million Air Force contract to launch the GPS III satellite.

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

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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