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SpaceX regains its first rocket phase after launching U.S Space Force GPS 3 satellite

On 30 June, SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite launched GPS 3 satellite. The rocket launched at 4:10 pm Eastern Cape Canaveral,  Florida. 

SpaceX landed the first the newest initial phase of Falcon 9 on ‘Just Read the Instructions’ drone following 8 minutes of launch. The drone was positioned in the Atlantic Ocean. 

The launch was the  87th successful operation, and the 49th first stage recovered by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The initiation also marked the first time that the entity regained a satellite after a National Security Space Launch operation. 

The cargo, which costs $568 million and the third GPS 3 booster detached from the second phase of the rocket, after about one hour and twenty-nine minutes of launch. The promoters soared in an average earth orbit of approximately 12,550 miles. 

The first time SpaceX, a GPS 3 satellite, was on 23 December 2018. The entity will be under another contract of lifting off three additional GPS 3 satellites by 2022. The whole process will commence after the 30 June launch. 

Assistant Chief of Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ Navigation System Sector stated that the GPS 3 boosters provide anti-jamming power that is eight times more accurate as compared to other groups of old satellites.  The satellite also has a newly added LIC Civic signal.

The recently launched GPS 3 satellite will become part of the 31 GPS satellites that are presently in operation. Each satellite orbits around the earth twice a day. The new moon is functioning well as it responds to signals made by program specialists, who are in the launch-and-check-out amenity situated in Denver. 

According to Ladwig, the onboard liquid apogee engine will thrust the booster towards its operational moving path soon. Soon after the satellite arrives, its commands will be sent to deploy its solar alignments and aerials. 

During the GPS 3 satellite launch in December 2018, the rocket builder from California did not try to regain its first phase. The reason for this was the weight of the cargo, the orbit, and the fuel required to arrive safely at the intended trajectory. 

However, concerning the overview examination carried out on all Falcon 9 space flights, the operation managers allowed the firm to proceed with the trial of recovering of satellite’s first phase. This time around, the first orbit of the moon will be adjusted to allow unspecified space that will cut off unnecessary costs.