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SpaceX lofts Space Force GPS satellite and sticks another landing

SpaceX used a shiny new Falcon 9 rocket to successfully loft the latest military satellite to space for the US Space Force on Thursday.



a crane next to a body of water: SpaceX shared this earlier scenic view of the Falcon 9. SpaceX


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SpaceX shared this earlier scenic view of the Falcon 9. SpaceX

Elon Musk’s rocket company finally launched the third-generation military GPS satellite after a series of earlier delays. It was initially set for blastoff in late September but then got pushed back a few days. It came close to lifting off Oct. 2, but the launch was aborted with just two seconds to go on the countdown clock.

The unexpected issue led to a few other delays, notably of NASA’s Crew-1 mission to send four astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, out of concern that the issue could crop up on other Merlin engines.

An investigation revealed that a bit of “masking lacquer” had blocked a

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