SpaceX Thursday successfully launched a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying a U.S. Space Force GPS GPS III Space Vehicle 04 into orbit.
On Thursday, November 5 at 6:24 p.m. EST, Falcon 9 completed its second mission this year for the United States Space Force when it launched the GPS III Space Vehicle 04 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft deployed approximately 1 hour and 29 minutes after liftoff.
In September 2020, the United States Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) announced its agreement with SpaceX to launch previously flown first stage boosters on future National Security Space Launch (NSSL) missions.