SpaceX launches first U.S. national security space mission

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a U.S. Air Force GPS III SV01 from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a U.S. Air Force GPS III SV01 from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

SpaceX's payload is the GPS III SV01, the first of 10 updated GPS III satellites the Air Force plans to launch.

The launch is a landmark for SpaceX to make a presence in the lucrative military space launch market. Very unlike SpaceX, the company did not attempt to recover the first stage booster after separation due to "mission requirements".

SpaceX's Falcon rocket was poised to lift off from Cape Canaveral on Saturday, but bad weather delayed the launch until at least Sunday.

A SpaceX rocket carrying a U.S. military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral today, marking the space transportation company's first national security space mission for the United States.

Thus, Elon Musk made it the first ever mission of security for United States government.

A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday, hoisting the satellite into orbit.

The Air Force said that the launch was originally scheduled for 2014 but has been hobbled by production delays.

This mission is the final one of 2018 for Elon Musk's SpaceX and the company's 21st launch of the year, which breaks its 2017 record. It dropped the lawsuit in 2015 after the Air Force agreed to open up competition. 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.

According to Eschenfelder, the next GPS III satellite is set to launch in mid-2019 and additional satellites will be tested at Lockheed's processing facility in Colorado. The Wall Street Journal reported last Tuesday that SpaceX is poised to raise another US$500-million by selling stock at a $30.5-billion valuation, citing people familiar with the transaction. Thompson added, "As more Global Positioning System 3 satellites join the constellation, it will bring better service at a lower cost to a technology that is now fully woven into the fabric of any modern civilization".

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