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Elon Musk's brainchild SpaceX has launched the U.S. Air Force's most powerful GPS satellite ever built.
A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday, hoisting the satellite into orbit. The successful deployment was a huge success for Musk's venture after three previous attempts were scuttled.
Satellite - Tuesday - Rocket - Concerns - Flight
The satellite was supposed to soar Tuesday but rocket concerns and then weather delayed the flight.
'Engineering is true magic,' the billionaire tweeted shortly after the launch.
Magic - Musk - Year - SEC - Fraud
Magic Musk needed after an up-and-down year of him being charged by the SEC for fraud, stepping down as Tesla chairman, getting into a feud with the cave diving rescuer of Thai children he called a 'pedo' and dealing with production problems for his Tesla vehicles that also had a tendency to burst into flames.
Despite the rough 2018, the Falcon 9 rocket delivered a big for the company as a military contractor.
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'As more GPS III 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,' said Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center.
Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force, says this next-generation GPS satellite is three times more accurate than previous versions and eight times better at anti-jamming significantly upgrading an aging system currently in place.
GPSIII - Space - Vehicle - 'Vespucci - Honor
The GPSIII Space Vehicle 01 was nicknamed 'Vespucci' in honor of 'Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer for whom the...
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