SpaceX has launched a military GPS satellite into space on 30 June for the US Space Force using a Falcon 9 rocket. The launch took place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
According to a mentions that the launch is part of an ongoing effort by the Department of Defense to upgrade GPD satellites currently in space.
It also mentions that the constellation of satellites launched around two decades back has become outdated with changing technology and the latest satellite that was launched will replace the oldest one in orbit.
Falcon 9 launches its first mission for the @SpaceForceDoD pic.twitter.com/ZfWksqYMRr
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 30, 2020
As per a report in TechCrunch, the GPS satellite that was launched on the flight includes better capabilities and security and the potential to impact four billion users around the world. The GPS satellite will work with the existing GPS III satellites and the earlier-generation spacecrafts that are already in orbit.
According to the Space.com report, the GPS satellite which is built by Lockheed Martin is called GPS III SV03 and weighs 4,311 kilograms.