SpaceX halts US satellite launch for national security mission

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Boeing and the French may all fly to space today

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Boeing and the French may all fly to space today

The first Global Positioning System 3 satellite of the Global Positioning System 3 constellation, which is known as Vespucci, has been built up by Lockheed Martin and would be taken to space by the rocket, SpaceX Falcon 9. Eventually, it was scrubbed due to an out of family reading on first stage sensors. The company's New Shepard launch vehicle had been packed, racked (with a NASA payload) and stacked in preparation for a 9:30 a.m. EST (14:30 GMT) flight.

SpaceX scored the contract for the satellite following the settlement of its lawsuit against the Air Force, which argued for more competitive bidding contracts. Elon Musk's company has Space X launch; the Blue origin is the rocket of Jeff Bezos's company, France's Arianespace and United Launch Alliance which is a joint effort of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Crop.

The encapsulation of the satellite took place at Astrotech Space Operations and launch of the satellite would be from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at Florida.

"The most important thing is that we get that rocket up safely and securely and it achieves its mission", he said.

It's the first of 32 planned GPS III satellites that will replace older ones now in orbit.

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According to a Twitter post from SpaceX, the launch which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, was pushed back until tomorrow morning. The launch window opens at 9:07 a.m.

The launch marks SpaceX's first so-called National Security Space mission as defined by the United States military, SpaceX said. A record-breaking four different rockets will all launch today, but each rocket is being launched by a different company, reports Bloomberg.

In the Year 2017, The Air Force had not launched any new satellites and now wants to launch one before 2018 end. Liftoff was scheduled for 11:37 a.m. EST from Arianespace's South American launch facility in French Guiana.

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.

ULA's Delta IV Heavy launch is still on the books for later today, and if successful, could mark the start of a fantastic day of rocket launches.

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