SpaceX postpones launch of major, new Global Positioning System satellite for 2nd consecutive day

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The company does not plan to try and recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket it's using to launch the satellite.

Two back-to-back launches by SpaceX and Blue Origin will have to wait a bit longer for liftoff after technical issues forced both companies to call off launch attempts scheduled for today (Dec. 19).

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

SpaceX scrubbed its first national security launch for the U.S. Air Force on Tuesday due to a faulty reading on one of the rocket sensors, officials said.

The spacecraft, GPS III-SV01, is up to three times as accurate as its predecessor, according to Lockheed Martin, and today will be the first time it is sent into space. Air Force officials feel like getting a more secure and improved Global Positioning System constellation for the globe.

The next GPS III satellite is due to launch in mid-2019, Eschenfelder said, while subsequent satellites undergo testing in the company's Colorado processing facility.

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The Vice President of US Mike Pence marked his presence when the launch of Space X was taking place in the morning. Weather is 80% favorable for the launch window which opens at 8:55 a.m. EST, 13:55 UTC.

GPS III also will provide a new civilian signal compatible with other countries' navigation satellites, such as the European Union's Galileo system.

As the US enters a new era with the declaration of space as a warfighting domain, SMC is re-architecting efforts which will manage other significant USA acquisition agility initiatives in order to drive innovation within the space enterprise and speed the delivery of new capabilities to warfighters.

Blue Origin planned to launch its New Shepard rocket with NASA-sponsored science on board in Texas.

If all the rockets now scheduled launch as planned, there could be five launches within a 24 hour period. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, at 7:44 pm CST. All the technical issues were all overcome, and then rockets were launched.