SpaceX to launch a modernized GPS satellite for U.S. Space Force operations
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla, SpaceX plans to liftoff a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver a modernized Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) into its traveling path. One can watch the whole launching occasion on the Space.com homepage.
The blastoff counts the third one carried out by SpaceX this month and also the third liftoff of an advanced GPS III satellite. The first blastoff took place in December 2018, while the second one in August of last year (2019). SpaceX has more liftoffs secured as the military works on advancing the old technology.
Lockheed Martin developed the third group of satellites, and they have abilities like anti-jamming and technology that will provide three times and eight times more accurate and authoritative signals, respectively.
The lunch featured a shiny Falcon 9 satellite star, and it was the main requirement placed by the Air Force. The satellite by the name B1060 will transport a modern Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) into the orbit to replace an old satellite launched 20 years ago.
The operation is the first one ever carried out by SpaceX for U.S Space Force. The process followed an establishment signed by President Donald Trump last year (2019) in December. The Space Force will carry out their operations under the Department of the Air Force and will overlook all missions carried out by the space.
The operation also marks the first attempted loft carried out by the firm as part of the National Security launch. In 2018, during the start of the GPS III mission, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 soared without grid fins and landing wings, failing to recover the first phase as it usually did. However, the entity got a confirmation from Space Force to improve the first phase.
Just read the Instructions, SpaceX’s drone craft left Port Canaveral before its planned recovery occasion. The positioning of SpaceX craft is 394 miles downrange in the Atlantic Ocean, waiting for the first phase of Falcon 9 while returning to earth, just about 8 minutes following the liftoff.
In the mission, there was an old soldier of SpaceX fleet of partly used Falcon rockets. The satellite could be the third one to soar fives times. Although, the firm put off the launch stating the requirement for the new pre-flight experiment.
During the launch day, the weather was excellent. Since there is summer in Florida, afternoon thunderstorms could inhibit the launch process. Storm clouds were the main issue to weather analysts as they can produce lightning, a dangerous hazard.