CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a GPS III SV03 satellite was scheduled to liftoff today, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 3:55 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida has been pushed back to 4:10 p.m. due to upper-level winds.
According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is a 60% chance of favorable weather for launch.
The primary weather concerns are anvil clouds, cumulus clouds, and Surface Electric Field Rule.
Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 Block 5 will attempt a landing on an autonomous drone ship Just Read The Instructions in the Atlantic Ocean.
GPS III SV03 is part of the U.S. Air Force’s third-generation Global Positioning Satellite constellation that provides positioning, navigation, and timing services with higher power and more accurate signals that are harder to jam.
Lockheed Martin developed and built GPS III that is more powerful than any GPS space vehicle previously launched.
GPS III provides 3x better accuracy for military users than any previous GPS satellite with enhanced anti-jamming capabilities.
GPS III is the first GPS satellite broadcasting a compatible signal with other international Global Navigation Satellite Systems, like Europe’s Galileo, improving connectivity for civilian users.