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Technology SpaceX sends third next-gen GPS III satellite into orbit for Space Force

00:31  01 july  2020
00:31  01 july  2020 Source:   geekwire.com

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A Falcon 9 rocket launched the third in a series of next - generation GPS III satellites into orbit today, marking SpaceX ’s first launch for the U.S. Space Force . GPS III represents a significant upgrade of the existing Global Positioning System satellite constellation. By 2023, 10 GPS III satellites , built

This third - generation GPS satellite is three times more accurate, and eight times more resilient in terms of its ability to resist gaming efforts than prior versions. In addition to its use for military and defense applications, the GPS III satellite will also contribute to civilian GPS -based satellite navigation.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the third in a series of next-generation GPS III satellites into orbit today, marking another step forward for America’s satellite-based navigation system and the Space Force that manages it.

  • Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida came at 4:10 p.m. ET (1:10 p.m. PT), at the end of a 15-minute launch window. Minutes after launch, the first-stage booster and flew itself back to touch down on a drone ship in the Atlantic, while the second stage and its payload pushed onward to orbit.
  • The van-sized spacecraft is due for deployment about an hour and a half after launch. SpaceX launched the first GPS III satellite in late 2018, and United Launch Alliance sent up the second one last August. This was SpaceX’s first launch for the Space Force since the military branch came into existence last December.
  • GPS III represents a significant upgrade of the existing Global Positioning System satellite constellation. By 2023, 10 GPS III satellites, built by Lockheed Martin, should be providing navigation and positioning readings that are three times as precise as the current system, with eight times the capability to resist jamming.

Elon Musk says Starship is SpaceX's 'top priority' from now on .
Don’t expect SpaceX to lavish much more attention on Crew Dragon now that it has launched people into orbit. CNBC said it had obtained email from Elon Musk asking staff to treat Starship as the “top SpaceX priority,” pushing them to “dramatically and immediately” speed up progress on the super-heavy rocket. About the only other focus is whatever can “reduce Dragon[’s] return risk,” Musk said. Starship is meant to ultimately become SpaceX’s go-to rocket. It would not only have enough power for space tourism and long-distance trips, but represent a truly reusable rocket with fast turnaround times that make spaceflight more accessible.

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