SpaceX on Sunday successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket, which is carrying a $500 million GPS satellite made by Lockheed Martin, in its first national security mission for the U.S. military.
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The blastoff, which had been delayed Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the rocket and also delayed Saturday because of high winds, lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral at 8:51 a.m. ET.
The rocket is carrying a $500 million Lockheed Martin satellite, which could be the first of 32 Lockheed-made ultraprecise navigation satellites made under a combined $12.6 million Air Force contract.
The network of new satellites will be used by both the U.S. military and civilians.
The SUV-size satellite, nicknamed Vespucci after Amerigo Vespucci, the namesake of the Americas, will replace a satellite launched in 1997.
The mission is the final one of this year for SpaceX, which is owned by Elon Musk, and the company’s 21st launch of 2018.