Published: Wed, December 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

SpaceX launches first USA national security space mission

SpaceX launches first USA national security space mission

One of the launch dates was scheduled on Saturday.

It would have marked SpaceX's first so-called National Security Space mission, as defined by the US military, SpaceX said.

However, it wasn't easy for SpaceX to get the military contract. However, he added that future GPS III missions may feature attempts to recover the first stage, depending on flight results from Sunday's mission.

The private company attempted to launch a Global Positioning System satellite for the Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's launch pad 40 at 9:21 a.m. until it was scrapped because of "upper level winds", according to a Twitter post.

The mission was SpaceX's first national security mission.

This launch was planned in the year 2014 but again was delayed due to the production issues.

"Ignition and liftoff", said a SpaceX mission control operator as the white Falcon 9 rocket took off under sunny, blue skies at 8:51 am (1351 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The satellite is one in a series of 10 third-generation satellites ordered by the Air Force with three times better accuracy, eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities, 25 percent longer spacecraft lifespan and the capability to broadcast signals compatible with other worldwide global navigation systems, including Europe's Galileo.

It withdrew the lawsuit in 2015 after Air Force agreed to break the monopoly of Boeing and Lockheed.

Per the Guardian, Lockheed is producing a total of 32 GPS III satellites for the Air Force in a contract worth $18 billion - with this launch originally scheduled for 2014.

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.

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX's valuation has climbed as it has racked up successful missions, making it the third-most valuable venture-backed start-up in the U.S. after Uber Technologies and Airbnb.

The company stated that this very launch was the 21st as well as the final year of the launch.

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