GPS III SV03 (Falcon 9)
30 June 2020
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
On 30 June 2020 at 4:10 p.m., a SpaceX's Falcon 9 successfully lifted off, carrying the U.S. Space Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) III Space Vehicle 03 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Following stage separation, the Falcon 9’s first stage landed on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft deployed into orbit approximately 1 hour and 29 minutes after liftoff.

From the U.S. Space Forces’s Space and Missile Systems Center press release:

SV03 will join the current GPS constellation comprised of 31-operational spacecraft, and will be the 22nd military code-capable satellite to the fleet. GPS satellites operate in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) at an altitude of approximately 20,200 km (12,550 miles) in six planes. Each satellite circles the earth twice per day. GPS provides positioning, navigation, and timing services for billions of users worldwide. GPS III, the newest generation of GPS satellites, brings new capabilities to users, including three times greater accuracy, and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities.

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