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GPS III SV05

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

GPS III SV05

Type: Navigation
Launch Cost: $52,000,000

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.

Mission patch for GPS III SV05

Location

Space Launch Complex 40

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5 – SpaceX

Family: Falcon
Length: 70 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 549 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 22800 kg

The Falcon 9 Block 5 was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2018-05-11. Falcon 9 Block 5 has 131 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 131 launches. 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.

Core Landing

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

Just Read the Instructions – JRTI

First (Marmac 300) and third (Marmac 303) ASDS barge, Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) is currently used to recover Falcon 9 and Heavy boosters in the Altantic Ocean.

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 operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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Charles
Charles
1 year ago

Can we watch this from Kenedy Space Center?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Charles
1 year 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
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

Routine launch coming up folks.!

Danny Lewis
Danny Lewis
1 year ago

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