SpaceX launches the third satellite with an updated GPS system. Takeoff is scheduled for 3:55PM ET from the cosmodrome at Cape Canaveral (Florida).
SpaceX is about to launch a new GPS satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is a continuation of the operation to update satellites that are already operating in orbit. The device will replace one of the older, less powerful GPS satellites. Thus, the number of satellites in space will increase to 31.
This is the third GPS satellite of its kind that engineers want to put into orbit. GPS III SV03 is part of the satellite box developed by Lockheed Martin. Engineers claim that, compared to old GPS spacecraft, they work 3 times more accurately, and eliminate interference 8 times more efficiently.
The device also added several new features. They can broadcast a new signal designed to help civilian and commercial users of satellites, and they can transmit the signal to other navigation devices – for example, the European Galileo system. Thus, people using the GPS system will be able to use a large number of satellites.
The first 10 GPS III devices will be launched before 2023, the remaining 22 from 2025 to 2034. The updated system will fully work only in 2035.
The first GPS III satellite was launched into orbit on December 23, 2018, using the SpaceX launch vehicle Falcon 9. She won a tender to launch five of the first six vehicles of this type.