SpaceX puts into orbit a satellite of the US Air Force

SpaceX puts into orbit a satellite of the US Air Force



The company SpaceX launched today from Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA) a satellite with a powerful GPS technology from the United States Air Force, which was finalized after four postponements.

The Global Positioning System III satellite took off from a platform of the Complex 40 of the station of Cape Canaveral aboard the Falcon 9 rocket at 8.51 local time (13.51 GMT), after four frustrated attempts, the last one on Saturday and that had be postponed due to bad weather conditions.

The satellite will begin to orbit the earth within two hours of the launch, according to the company.

The launch of GPS III, number 21 of SpaceX during 2018, is the first that the private firm develops with the US Armed Forces, and will be followed by others in the future related to National Security.

GPS III, according to the private firm, "offers positioning, navigation and synchronization services that support vital operations in the United States and allies around the world."

Due to the nature of the mission, this time the company will not recover a part of the rocket to be reused again, as it has done on other occasions when it landed on a platform placed in the ocean.

Today's launch comes after four frustrated attempts this week, the first two occurred last Tuesday and Wednesday, which were postponed to check the Falcon 9 rocket sensors, while on Thursday and Saturday the tornado warning and the strong winds forced to suspend the plans.

The partial closure of the Administration, which began at midnight on Friday, was not going to affect today's launch, given that the funds of the US Department of Defense. they are approved until September 2019.

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