Space X launched the first GPS 3 satellite, named “Vespucci”, on December 23 on their powerful Falcon 9 rocket. Vespucci was launched at 8:51 a.m. from Cape Canaveral, Florida for the U.S. Air Force. Vespucci was the 21st and final launch by Space X for 2018. Although, Space X set a new milestone by breaking the 2017 record of 18 launches, they fell short of the company’s original projections. Space X informed the public that the new GPS 3 satellite will be more accurate and has a prolonged 15-year functional lifespan. The Falcon 9 first stage was not recovered due to designated fuel for lifting the 4,400 kilogram satellite into orbit. Vespucci is with the 31 older satellites in Earths orbit. The Air Force has chosen Space X to launch four more GPS 3 satellites in the future so we can expect to see more great things from this company soon!
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