The launching of a GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite into orbit. Liftoff was rescheduled in Cape Canaveral.
SpaceX said Tuesday’s launch was scratched due to detector readings about the rocket’s first stage. Neither the firm nor the U.S. Air Force provided details.
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This will be the first GPS satellite launch for SpaceX.
The rocket will carry the first of new generation of GPS orbiters designed to be precise, a GPS III satellite, secure and versatile than predecessors. Lockheed Martin is building the satellites outside Denver.
GPS III satellites will have. They will offer a new civilian signal harmonious with other countries’ navigation satellites. That means civilian receivers capable of getting the signal that is new is going to have more satellites.
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But a few of those attributes will not be available until 2022 or later because of issues within a companion program to develop a new floor control system for the satellites, government auditors said.
GPS is best known for its widespread civilian software, from navigation to bank trades. The Air Force estimates that 4 billion people use the machine.
GPS was developed. The Air Force controls a constellation of 31 GPS satellites from a high-security complex at Schriever Air Force Base outside Colorado Springs.
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