SpaceX launches rocket carrying US Space Force satellite


HAWTHORNE — Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched a rocket carrying a US Space Force global positioning satellite into orbit Tuesday from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the GPS III SV03 satellite took off at 1:10 p.m. California time. It was pushed back from an original launch time of 12:55 p.m.

The satellite launch was originally scheduled for April 29 but was delayed for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Space Force officials said the delay resulted in only minimal cost increases.

  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral in Florida to deliver a US Space Force GPS satellite into Earth’s orbit. (Image from SpaceX video)

  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that took off Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral in Florida heads into Earth’s orbit to deliver a US Space Force GPS satellite. (Image from SpaceX video)

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  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that took off Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral in Florida heads into Earth’s orbit to deliver a US Space Force GPS satellite. (Image from SpaceX video)

  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that took off Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral in Florida heads into Earth’s orbit to deliver a US Space Force GPS satellite. (Image from SpaceX video)

  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that took off Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral in Florida heads into Earth’s orbit to deliver a US Space Force GPS satellite. (Image from SpaceX video)

  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that took off Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral in Florida heads into Earth’s orbit to deliver a US Space Force GPS satellite. (Image from SpaceX video)

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“The NSSL (National Security Space Launch) program’s No. 1 priority is to achieve mission success on each and every National Security Space launch,” Col. Robert Bongiovi, launch enterprise director, said in a statement. “We also strive to procure affordable launch services that maintain assured access to space for the nation. Our goal with GPS III SV03 was to maintain our mission assurance record, while exploring unique cost-saving opportunities like recovering a booster to deliver the capabilities our warfighters demand.”

The company was able to recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket by landing it on a barge floating in the Atlantic Ocean.

The rocket’s fairing were expected to splash down into the ocean, where they would then be recovered by SpaceX boats.

Space Force officials said the GPS III satellite signals are more “accurate and powerful” than previous iterations and also have improved anti-jamming capabilities.

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