The satellite is one in a series of 10 third-generation satellites ordered by the Air Force with three times better accuracy, eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities, 25 percent longer spacecraft lifespan and the capability to broadcast signals compatible with other worldwide global navigation systems, including Europe's Galileo. In April 2016, SpaceX was awarded the first National Security Space mission and it has four other GPS III missions on contract.
The solar-powered Vespucci will provide a number of advantages over the old-guard satellites, Air Force officials said.
The satellite is the first of 10 built by Lockheed Martin and has major improvements including a redesigned Nuclear Detonation Detection System and a search-and-rescue payload.
Built by, the satellite could eventually be one of as many as 32 satellites that the Air Force may order over the coming years to modernize its current satellite constellation.
The next satellite is due to launch in mid-2019.
This morning's launch was originally scheduled to occur on Tuesday (Dec. 18), but SpaceX called off that attempt after receiving an "out of family" reading from sensors on the Falcon 9's first stage. The last planned launch was cancelled on Saturday due to strong winds.
It was SpaceX's 21st and final launch of the year, a company record.
Fire trucks in front of Opal Tower during an inspection by firefighters and engineers early on Christmas Day. Residents have not yet been told when they will be allowed back in the building, if at all.
A damaged drone had been recovered close to the perimeter of the airport, he said, and it was being forensically examined. Authorities regained control over the airfield early on Friday after the Army deployed unidentified military technology.
KGF is a historical action movie starring the rocking star of Kannada film industry, Yash along with actress Srinidhi Shetty . Kannada period film KGF is having a sensational run at the U.S. box office after its release last Friday.
But despite having video evidence of Mayfield glaring at his coach for quite a length of time , Mayfield wouldn't admit it. And, it's no secret that there has been tension between Mayfield and Jackson. "That's all right.
Mattis was also unhappy with Trump's order to develop plans to pull out up to half of the 14,000 US forces in Afghanistan . But Trump maintains ISIS has been defeated and says whatever is left of the terror group can be eradicated by Turkey.
The Xiaomi Mi Play price in China has been set at CNY 1,099 (roughly Rs. 11,100) for the lone 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. Placed inside a shopping mall in China, the display , with its 1,005 units, won Xiaomi a new Guinness Book record.
The White House hasn't provided any further details about the claim, which Trump first made on Twitter on Christmas Eve. The president spoke to reporters after calling the troops from the White House on Christmas Day.
Peele told USA Today , "There is a certain Christmas magic that I want to sort of tap the dark side of with this trailer". When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway.
Merry Christmas from the CKPG News Team!
To the first responders, and their families, who are the only people I know that run to trouble and not from it, thank you. On Christmas, feasts are prepared, and season's greetings, gifts and candies are exchanged among family and friends.
Meghan Markle and Kate arrive at church TOGETHER
The former TV star is expecting their first child (and the next royal great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth II) this spring. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk , England Tuesday for a Christmas Day service.
No end to shutdown until border barrier constructed
Trump chimed in Monday from the White House, where he has been cooped up in the mansion since Saturday, when the shutdown began. A deal to end the funding shortfall appears a distant prospect as Congress adjourned on the weekend for Christmas .
President Trump, Senator Corker spar on Twitter
Twitter users were thrown a delicious bone - the hashtag "Alert The Daycare Staff" that Corker flagged for Trump. Trump said Corker wasn't retiring by choice but because he couldn't hack it without Trump's endorsement.