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    Default Falcon 9: GPS-III SV-01 (DoD mission)

    Next-Gen GPS with 3x the accuracy and 8x the resistance to jamming.

    Satellite: GPS III SV-01
    Launch date: December 18, 2018
    Launch time: 0924-0950 Eastern (1424-1450 GMT)
    Pad LC-40
    Booster: B1054.1
    Recovery: expendable

    Why expendable? Guesses run from (1) DoD wanting huge performance margins, (2) there being an unannounced secondary payload, to (3) DoD running tests to see what Block 5's limits are after the primary payload is deployed.

    GPS III: US Air Force Partnership with SpaceX

    Space and Missile Systems Center Los Angeles AFB
    Published on Nov 7, 2018

    Col. Steve Whitney, director of the Space and Missile Systems Center's Global Positioning Systems Directorate provides a preview of the upcoming launch of the "First of Firsts" with the latest series of satellites: GPS III SV-01. Also affectionately known as "Vespucci," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci, for whom the American continents are named, this GPS III satellite is scheduled for its mid-December debut, lifting off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

    Just as important is the teamwork and partnerships across the entire space enterprise, from SMC's Launch Enterprise Directorate to satellite manufacturer Lockheed Martin and launch provider SpaceX.[/b]
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    GPS III: US Air Force GPS Modernization

    Space and Missile Systems Center Los Angeles AFB
    Published on Nov 7, 2018

    Here's the next segment in the Space and Missile Systems Center's continuing series of background videos on GPS III that answers the question, "How do you use it?"

    Mr. David Madden, a retired Air Force colonel and former director of SMC's Global Positioning System Directorate, describes how the upcoming modernization of the GPS III-series of position, navigation and timing (PNT) satellites and the future role and impact it will play in everyone's daily lives.

    Featuring cutting-edge graphics and file footage from industry partners Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado and SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, this segment also covers the excitement and team partnerships for the first National Security Space launch of a GPS national asset on SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
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