SpaceX carriage and satellite satellite navigation of the US out of Cape Canaveral Florida on Sunday, and # 39; celebrating its first mission a national security place at his & # 39; transport company for the United States.
Rocket Falcon 9 built a GPS satellite drive around $ 500 million by Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) from Cape Canaveral at 8:51 a.m. local (1351 GMT). Four scheduled receptions last week, which were included on Saturday, were deferred due to weather and technical issues.
The successful event is very important for the Elon Musk Billionaire rocket company, which is privately held, spent years trying to get into the precious market for military space. opened by Lockheed and Boeing Co. (BA.N).
SpaceX's succession on US Force Air in 2014 led to a multi-million dollar contract, a non-competition for 36 roosts to United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed. He released his legal complaint in 2015 after the Air Force agreed to open a competition.
Next year, SpaceX awarded a $ 83 million Air Force contract to launch a satellite GPS III, which will live for 15 years.
The satellite is the first one taken out of 32 in a production by Lockheed under contracts worth $ 12.6 billion for the GPS III Air Force program, according to Lockheed spokesman, Eschenfelder Chip.
The start box for the first time was for 2014 but delays were delayed, the Air Force said.
The next satellite GPS III is due to be launched in mid-2019, Eschenfelder said, when the soldiers were coming to his / her; tested in the Colorado processing facility.