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GPS III SV05

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

GPS III SV05

Type: Navigation

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, USA

221 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5

Length: 70 meters
Diameter: 3.65 meters
First Launch: May 11, 2018

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.

The Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket has been launched a total of 66 times with 66 successful and 0 failed launches.

Landing

B1062 has successfully landed on ASDS JRTI after its second launch.

Just Read the Instructions – JRTI

The third ASDS barge, Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) is currently used to recover Falcon 9 boosters in the Altantic Ocean. It used to service 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.

Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
Spacecraft: Dragon
Country: USA

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.

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Charles
Charles
26 days ago

Can we watch this from Kenedy Space Center?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Charles
26 days ago

Kennedy Space Center closes before 6 PM, but sometimes they stay open for launches. Call the Kennedy Space Center for more information.

Ken & Judy O'Neill
Ken & Judy O'Neill
20 days ago

Routine launch coming up folks.!

Danny Lewis
Danny Lewis
1 day ago

I never get tired of this. Amazing tech and hardware. Congrats to everyone involved.