First launch of the military satellite by Elon Musk’s after four attempts
27 December, 2018, 21:42 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
The Falcon 9 rocket launcher carried an approximately $500 million Global Positioning System satellite (developed by Lockheed Martin Corp) at roughly 8:51 am (1351 GMT). The GPS III will go into medium-Earth orbit roughly one hour and 56 minutes after liftoff, according to the SpaceX press kit. The company has an additional four GPS III missions on contract, all of which will be launched on board its Falcon 9 rockets.
In the following year SpaceX won an $83 million Air Force contract to launch the GPS III satellite, which will have a lifespan of 15 years.
The Air Force and its partner contractor Lockheed Martin will watch and test the satellite for six to nine months and then take another six to nine months examining the ground systems the spacecraft is declared operational. In 2014, the privately-owned company had sued the US Air Force after the military awarded a contract for 36 rocket launches to the United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing Aircraft and Lockheed.
The launch of the GPS III SV01 satellite, nicknamed Vespucci in honor of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, had originally been scheduled for 6:11 a.m. California time Tuesday. Find us on Facebook too!
The solar-powered Vespucci will provide a number of advantages over the old-guard satellites, Air Force officials said.
GPS III's new L1C civil signal also will make it the first GPS satellite broadcasting a compatible signal with other worldwide global navigation satellite systems, like Galileo, improving connectivity for civilian users. The Verge wrote the launch managed to avoid further delay due to the ongoing government showdown because funding for the Department of Defence has already been allocated for 2019. Last summer the Air Force "called up" the satellite for launch and Lockheed Martin delivered it to Florida on August 20. The last planned launch was cancelled on Saturday due to strong winds. The original launch window was 8:55 a.m.
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Shortly after the testing, Russia's RT news group broadcast what appears to be footage of the actual test taking place. The Avangard is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle.
People walk up the steps even though the National Archives is closed with the partial government shutdown in Washington. Trump met Monday on border security with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other department officials.
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Donald Trump speaks to members of the USA military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018 . The president's decision on Syria led to the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
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Trump has described the United States involvement in Afghanistan as a "complete waste" and vowed to bring home American troops. He had previously said that USA forces could use Iraq as a staging ground for targeted forays across the border into Syria.
Klopp though, celebrating his 100th Liverpool win, is in no mood for complacency: "The six-point lead means nothing", he said. Just a few weeks ago City seemed unstoppable as they started their title defence with a 15-game unbeaten run.
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The government shutdown does not affect essential government agencies such as the FBI, Border Patrol and Medicare. State highway workers were sent to the area Monday to erect "no parking" signs along USA 70 outside the monument.
Two assailants detonated their suicide vests inside the ministry and the third was killed by ministry guards, Reuters reported. It also condemned the attack on an Afghan government building in Kabul and Tuesday's vehicle bombing in Iraq's Tal Afar.
Another resident told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation there were cracks on the building's 12th and 13th floors. A resident of Opal Tower told local media he heard a loud bang as if something in the building had "snapped".
Trump's surprise troop visit sparks criticism in Iraq
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UAE releases photos of princess after disappearance
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Elon Musk's tax reimbursement plan zaps Tesla stock
Two calendar quarters after a company sells 200,000 electric vehicles in the U.S. , the tax credit begins to phase out. Tesla customers generally place an order, then wait for a delivery time which could be days or weeks in the future.
Lava, ash spew from Italy's Mount Etna
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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth marry in intimate ceremony
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India opt to bat in 3rd Test
The right-hander continued but when he tried to avoid another brutal Cummins bouncer the ball pinged off his glove. India opened with a new pair in Hanuma Vihari and Agarwal, having dropped the out of form KL Rahul and M Vijay.