SpaceX aborts Global Positioning System satellite launch from Florida

Katie Ramirez
November 7, 2020

The Elon Musk-owned experimental rocket company SpaceX has confirmed lift-off is scheduled to take place at 9:43pm ET (2.43am BST on Saturday morning).

And as usual, SpaceX is only too happy for enthusiasts to follow all the action live online.

SpaceX has successfully launched another 60 satellites into orbit, clearing the way for the public beta of its Starlink satellite broadband network to begin.

The satellites were carried into orbit by the legendary Falcon 9 from the historic Crew Dragon mission, which was SpaceX's first manned mission and took NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station. Prior to joining SpaceFlight Insider in early 2014, Costello was a freelance photographer and correspondent covering shuttle-era Kennedy Space Center launches for various radio and print news organizations.

Everyone is invited to watch the launch for free, courtesy of SpaceX's YouTube channel. Once the GPS III SV04 is launched, up to 12 percent of the existing GPS Tarosh will include new satellites.

After launch, the satellite built by Lockheed Martin was to join the operational constellation of 31 Global Positioning System satellites in orbit.

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The mission was also the first time SpaceX has reused a Falcon 9 payload fairing twice - flying the same fairing half for the third time, in other words.

The satellites feature anti-jamming capabilities believed to be eight times more robust than previous versions.

Under the Pentagon contract, SpaceX will use its Starlink assembly plant in Redmond, Washington to build four satellites fitted with a wide-angle infrared missile-tracking sensor supplied by a subcontractor.

The satellite, officially named GPS III Space Vehicle 4, is the fourth in the nation's third generation of GPS satellites.

SpaceX has even recently inspired the Russians to produce reusable rockets for the bettering future of space exploration.

These rockets will also subsequently land back on Earth following the missions and they are scheduled to launch sometime next year.

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