MIAMI (AP) – SpaceX today launched a satellite of powerful United States Air Force (GPS) technology from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Which was completed after four delays.
The Global Positioning System III satellite took off from a platform at Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral station aboard the Falcon 9 rocket at 8:51 am local time (13:51 GMT) after four failed attempts, the last of which was Saturday and should have delayed due to poor weather conditions.
The satellite will begin to orbit Earth two hours after launch, according to the company.
The launch of SpaceX's No. 21 GPS III, in 2018, is the first that the private company develops with the US Armed Forces, and will be followed by others in the future related to National Security.
The GPS III, according to the private company, "offers positioning, navigation and synchronization services that support vital operations in the United States and allies around the world."
Due to the nature of the mission, this time the company will not recover a part of the rocket to be reused again, as happened on other occasions when it landed on a platform placed in the ocean.
Today's launch comes after four failed attempts this week, the first two occurred last Tuesday and Wednesday, which were postponed to check the Falcon 9 rocket sensors, while on Thursday and Saturday the tornado warning and strong forced winds to suspend the plans.
The partial closure of the administration, which began at midnight on Friday, would not affect today's launch, given that the US Department of Defense funds. they are approved until September 2019.