SpaceX Completes First US National Security Space Mission

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US private spaceflight company SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket carrying 64 small satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the state of California on Monday.

SpaceX sued the U.S. Flying corps in 2014 over the military's honor of a multibillion-dollar, non-contend contract for 36 rocket dispatches to United Launch Alliance, an organization of Boeing and Lockheed.

The launch sent the Global Positioning System III space vehicle (SV) satellite into space to join the Air Force's constellation of 31 operational GPS satellites.

It would mark SpaceX's first so-called National Security Space mission, as defined by the United States military, SpaceX said. It is but one of 32 planned GPS III satellites that will replace older ones now in orbit. The launch marks SpaceX's first-ever launch of a military satellite, giving musk's rocket company an opportunity to break into the lucrative market of military space.

The US Air Force monitors the location of the launch known as the 45th Space Wing, helping to set up road blocks and clear relevant air space.

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Two hours later, SpaceX published an update on Twitter and confirmed that the GPS III SV01 satellite was successfully deployed to medium Earth orbit.

The launch of this Falcon 9 was the last scheduled for this year. The satellite provides improved services and longer lifetimes. GPS III's new L1C civil signal will also make it the first GPS satellite broadcasting a compatible signal with other worldwide global navigation satellite systems, like Europe's Galileo, improving connectivity for civilian users. Lockheed Martin is building the new satellites outside Denver.

This morning's launch was originally scheduled to occur on Tuesday (Dec. 18), but SpaceX called off that attempt after receiving an "out of family" reading from sensors on the Falcon 9's first stage.

The next year, SpaceX won an $US83 million Air Force contract to launch the GPS III satellite, which will have a lifespan of 15 years.

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