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Kristine Garrett | 07 November, 2020, 16:57

Late Friday night, SpaceX plans to launch a new upgraded Global Positioning System satellite for the United States space force, a new spacecraft created to help modernize existing Global Positioning System fleets. Once launched, the GPS III SV04 satellite will become the fourth in a series of 10 upgraded, next-generation GPS satellites for the US military.

The satellite going up on this flight is GPS III SV04, which will become one of the 31 primary GPS satellites in orbit. Built by Lockheed Martin, these GPS III satellites are supposed to be three times more accurate than their predecessors and have more advanced "anti-jamming" capabilities to prevent cyberattacks, thanks to a new M-Code signal embedded in the satellite.

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It's been a slow process launching these GPS III replacements, marked by technological and testing delays, as well as delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Korean satellite launch In July. That company is a US -based defense contractor and tech company formed by the merger of Harris and L3 past year, combining the two legacy contractors to create one of the top 10 largest defense companies globally.

The launch of the U.S. Space Force GPS III Space Vehicle 04 is scheduled for 6:43 p.m. California time.

The Elon Musk-owned experimental rocket company SpaceX has confirmed lift-off is scheduled to take place at 9:43pm ET (2.43am BST on Saturday morning).

This is not the first contract SpaceX has won from the Pentagon: In August it won part of a billion-dollar agreement with the Department of Defense to launch new rockets for the Space Force.

It is worth noting that this week SpaceX is postponing the launch of the launch vehicle for the second time just before the launch itself. "The team is setting up for a launch opportunity tomorrow at 7:29 a.m. EDT; weather forecast is 70% favorable for liftoff".

SpaceX has experienced multiple delays sending the rocket into space due to weather and technical problems over the past two weeks.

Find out tonight if SpaceX can break the series, and get a rocket off the ground this week.

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