Space X has delayed the launch of a new GPS satellite, advanced GPS III SV01 citing weather conditions on Dec 20, 2018. Next generation advanced GPS III SV01 for US air force was scheduled to ride on a Falcon 9 rocket at 9:03 a.m. EST (14:03 GMT). Bad weather conditions including Thunderstorms, rain, and hail failed the attempt.
The Mission launching from Florida’s Cape Canaveral site was already delayed by sensor issues on the booster by two days. California-based company, Space X of Elon Musk, tried to the launch the navigation satellite on Dec. 18, 2018. But the mission was aborted. Space X is planning to launch the GPS III satellite SV01 on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. The scheduled time for launch is 8:55 a.m. EST (1355 GMT).
Mike Pence, Vice President of US was present during Space X’s Dec. 18, 2018 (Tuesday) launch attempt. Pence informed about the Trump administration’s decision about a new U.S. Space Command. The Pentagon will form US space command to look after all military operations in space. While addressing NASA’s Kennedy Space Center near the mission site, Pence said: “The most important thing is that we get that rocket up safely and securely, and achieves its mission”.
The Falcon 9 rocket carries around $500 million global positioning system (GPS) satellite. This is the first kind of navigation satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Vespucci is the nickname of the satellite named after Amerigo Vespucci. To launch the GPS III satellite, SpaceX won an $83 million Air Force contract, which runs for a period of 15 years. Vespucci is the first of 32 satellites in the contract.
SpaceX is the first private company involved in quality aerospace and space transportation in a cost-effective way. It has broken many barriers to aerospace engineering. The latest launch of SpaceX’s is considered as first National Security Space mission by the U.S. military. This opens the gate of private companies into the space transportation sector. The installation of next-generation GPS satellites in the orbit will bring high-level usability combined with three time’s greater accuracy and eight times the anti-jamming capabilities.