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SpaceX rocket finally launches first spy satellite in space after series of failures

SpaceX has launched the next-generation GPS satellite for the US Air Force after nearly a week of delays for the rocket 9 with sunlight.

The launch was initially scheduled for December 18 in Cape Canaveral, Florida, but weather and technical problems forced the launch to be postponed four times.

This is the first time that the private space company Elon Musk has launched a satellite for the US military as part of a $ 83m deal for the Air Force.

The lucrative military satellite market was previously dominated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. However, SpaceX successfully filed the lawsuit in 2014 to open it.

The spy satellite – the weeping Vespucci, according to Italian researcher Amerigo Vespucci – will join the current constellation of the air force on 31 operational GPS satellites.

"The launch is always a monumental event, especially since this is the first GPS satellite from its generation that began at SpaceX's first mission of space security," said Air Force spokesman Lieutenant General John Thompson.

"While more GPS III satellites will join the constellation, it will bring better service at a lower cost of technology that is now fully woven into the structure of any modern civilization."

Colonel Robert Bongiovi, company director, added: "The first launch of the GPS III is a significant turning point for the constellation GPS and our partnership with SpaceX. This launch demonstrated a successful teamwork and collaboration among all the partners of the mission to deliver the capabilities that are looking for our military planes. "

SpaceX described the possibilities for its cargo in the mission's review, noting that the launch was "crucial for national defense".

On SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a military satellite successfully launched on December 23, 2018, from Cape Canaveral, Florida (SpaceX)

The space company said: "The latest generation of GPS satellites has been designed and built to provide positioning, navigation and timing information with three times more accuracy and up to eight times improved capability to prevent hitting."

Unlike the last missions of SpaceX, an attempt to land the first phase of the missile was not made, despite the fact that air force officials who initially hinted the launch could include landing.

SpaceX will launch at least four subsequent GPS satellites as part of a contract with the Air Force.

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