On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 16:10 EDT local time (20:10 UTC), SpaceX has put the third satellite in the GPS III constellation into orbit for the US Space Force. The launch has taken place from the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX successfully landed stage 1 of its Falcon9 on the droneship "Just read the instructions", stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
The deployment of the satellite was deployed 1H30 after the launch. With this mission, the private American aerospace company confirms its position as a leader in the launch of military satellites, after winning the contract from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the Lockheed Martin / Boeing duo. More powerful and accurate, using the latest technologies in the field, the GPS III constellation is the renewal of the American GPS system, initiated by the United States in the 1970s.
Review the launch of the GPS III mission :
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