Falcon 9 Block 5 | GPS III SV04

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket

Launch Status
Go For Launch

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket as part of the GPS III SV04 mission. The launch window for the Navigation mission is on Wed, Sep 30th, 2020, 9:51 PM EDT from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch is Green with a 90% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! B1062 will attempt to land after its first launch.

Weather Forecast During Launch

76F with overcast clouds, cloud cover of 100% and wind speeds at 13mph.

Mission

GPS III SV04

GPS-IIIA (Global Positioning System) is the first evolution stage of the third generation of the GPS satellites. It consists of the first ten (known as "tranche") of GPS III satellites.

Location

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
SpaceX

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

B1062 will attempt to land after its first launch.

B1062 is a Falcon 9 Block 5 booster.

Just Read the Instructions (JRTI)

The third ASDS barge, Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) services launches in the Pacific Ocean for launches from Vandenberg AFB. It was first put to use in January of 2016 to attempt to recover a Falcon 9 first-stage booster from the Jason-3 mission which successfully landed but subsequently fell over and experienced an Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly (RUD).

Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS)

An autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) is an ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge, outfitted with station-keeping engines and a large landing platform. Construction of such ships was commissioned by aerospace company SpaceX to allow for recovery of rocket first-stages at sea for high-velocity missions which do not carry enough fuel to return to the launch site after lofting spacecraft onto an orbital trajectory.