Musk's SpaceX successfully deploys US GPS satellite into orbit

Musk's SpaceX successfully deploys US GPS satellite into orbit

Sunday's successful launch was preceded by the cancellation of four previous scheduled launches that were scheduled last week, including the one on Saturday.

Although there wasn't enough propellant for a landing, the rocket's first stage was successful with the single engine powering the Falcon 9's second stage ignited as planned.

The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying a $US500 million Global Positioning System satellite, which is the US Air Force's most powerful Global Positioning System satellite ever built, occurred at 1:51pm (local time) from Florida's Cape Canaveral.

Space X rocket carrying USA military took off from Cape Canaveral from Florida on Sunday making the first-ever transportation of the security space transportation of the United States successful.

The mission was SpaceX's first national security mission.

"There simply was not a performance reserve to meet our requirements and allow for this mission to bring the first stage back", Walter Lauderdale, mission director at the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Launch Enterprise Systems Directorate, said during a prelaunch call with reporters on December 14.

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Notably, the company dropped the lawsuit in 2015 after the Air Force agreed to open up competition.

The next year, SpaceX won an United States dollars 83 million Air Force contract to launch the GPS III satellite, which will have a lifespan of 15 years.

The GPS III SV01 satellite has a lifespan of 15 years, and it's the first to launch out of 32 satellites that are being created by Lockheed for the Air Force GPS III Program, Chip Eschenfelder, a Lockheed spokesperson, told Reuters in an article.

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

This was SpaceX's 21st launch of the year, up from a record 18 in 2017. The company, founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, is reportedly raising $500 million funding at a valuation of $30.5 billion to invest in the company's Starlink internet service project.

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