Yesterday, June 30, 2020 at 1610 EDT (2010 UTC), SpaceX launched a 1st time flown Falcon 9 rocket booster B1060.1. This now makes 63 consecutive successful SpaceX missions and is the 5th successful Falcon landing in a row. Two more and it’s a winning streak!
The Falcon 9’s payload was for the United States Space Force, GPSIII-SV03 (Global Positioning System 3 – Space Vehicle #3) nicknamed Columbus.
Lockheed Martin designed GPS III to help the Space Force modernize the GPS constellation. with new technology and capabilities. The new GPS IIIs provide three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities. They also offer a new L1C civil signal. That is compatible with other international global navigation satellite systems to improve civilian user connectivity.
The launch was only delayed due to Upper Level winds which was to the end of the launch window. However, we got a lift off from Space Coast of Florida and the day was beautiful.
The Space Force called up GPS III SV04 for a launch later this summer. We’ll keep you posted on a date and time when confirmed.
The next SpaceX launch is July 8, 2020 at 1200 EDT (1600 UTC) of Starlink L9 / Black Sky Global 5 & 6 from SLC-39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA
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