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Launch Photos! SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Soars with 1st GPS III Navigation Satellite

Horrible Weather on Try 2


By Thursday, Dec. 20, SpaceX was ready for another launch attempt for GPS III SV01. But Mother Nature was not. Severe weather, including thunderstorms, potential hail and more forced SpaceX to stand down for the day. It's next try would come Saturday, Dec. 22.

A Windy Delay


SpaceX made a third try to launch GPS III SV01 on Saturday, Dec. 22. But again, bad weather thwarted the mission. In this case, it was strong winds in the upper atmosphere, which were beyond SpaceX's launch constraints, that forced a delay.

SpaceX GPS III SV01 Mission Patch


The mission patch for SpaceX's GPS III SV01 navigation satellite launch for the U.S. Air Force.

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