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Цитата: undefinedGPS III Space Vehicle 03 "Columbus" safely arrives in FloridaBy SMC Public Affairs, Space and Missile Systems Center / Published February 07, 2020A satellite transport container with GPS III SV03 "Columbus" is offloaded upon its arrival at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida, Feb. 5, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo / Lt. Col. Maggie Sullivan) : A satellite transport container with GPS III SV03 "Columbus" aboard, prepares to move to Astrotech Space Operations facility for final testing and checkout after its arrival at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida, Feb. 5, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo / Lt. Col. Maggie Sullivan)Dreux Zimmer from the Space and Missile Systems Center's Production Corps' Medium Earth Orbit Division, GPS III program, prepare the satellite transport container with GPS III SV03 "Columbus" for loading aboard a C-17 Globemaster III early Sunday morning, Feb. 2, 2020 at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo / Capt. Ken Devine)Loadmasters from the 62nd Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, prepare to install the satellite container with GPS III SV03 "Columbus" aboard a C-17 Globemaster III for the trip from the Lockheed Martin facility in Waterton, Colorado via Buckley Air Force Base to Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo /Capt. Ken Devine)CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. --The U.S. Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center successfully delivered the third GPS III satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Feb. 5, 2020.GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 03 was safely transported from the Lockheed Martin facility in Waterton, Colorado to Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. The satellite named "Columbus" in honor of Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who completed four transatlantic voyages and explored the Americas,, was carried aboard a C-17 Globemaster III originating from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.The delivery of GPS III SV03 starts the clock for final testing and checkout prior to launch. The satellite will be processed at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Florida to ensure the full functionality of the satellite, prepare the satellite for propellant loading, and encapsulate the satellite in its protective fairing. At the completion of these activities, the satellite will be horizontally integrated with the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle."The arrival of the third GPS III satellite is another landmark for the program and is a testament to the professionalism, hard work and dedication of GPS team members from all parts of the country," said Col. Edward Byrne, chief of Production Corps' Medium Earth Orbit Space Systems Division. "The delivery of SV03 marks the start of our second GPS III launch campaign on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and brings us another step closer in advancing the GPS constellation with more capable satellites."GPS III SV03 is slated to launch in April 2020. Once on-orbit, it will join the operational constellation of 31 GPS satellites, delivering enhanced resiliency, better accuracy, and advanced anti-jam capabilities. GPS delivers the gold standard in positioning, navigation, and timing services supporting vital U.S. and allied operations worldwide, and underpins critical financial, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure, supporting billions of users around the globe.
ЦитатаNext GPS satellite lands in Florida for April launchFebruary 16, 2020 | Stephen ClarkA container with the U.S. Space Force's third GPS 3-series navigation satellite arrived at Space Coast Regional Airport Feb. 5 aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo / Lt. Col. Maggie SullivanThe U.S. Space Force's third new-generation GPS 3-series navigation satellite has arrived in Florida for final processing and fueling ahead of a launch currently targeted for April 29 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.The GPS 3 SV03 spacecraft landed Feb. 5 at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida, after a ride aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane fr om Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, near the satellite's Denver-area Lockheed Martin factory.The navigation satellite was trucked to the nearby Astrotech payload processing facility, wh ere Lockheed Martin teams will configure the craft for launch, fill it with maneuvering propellant, and encapsulate the satellite inside a SpaceX payload fairing before moving to a nearby SpaceX launch facility.Teams there will mount the payload horizontally to a Falcon 9 rocket before rollout and launch.Liftoff of the GPS SV03 spacecraft is currently scheduled for April 29 some time during a four-hour launch period opening at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT). An exact launch time will be announced later.The GPS SV03 satellite is the third in the newest series of GPS navigation spacecraft, following the launch of the GPS 3 SV01 satellite in December 2018 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, and the deployment of the SV02 platform in August 2019 by a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket.Both missions were successful, and the satellites are operating normally in orbit roughly 12,550 miles (20,200 kilometers) above Earth.The GPS SV03 satellite is named "Columbus" after Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who visited the Americas on four expeditions beginning in 1492. The SV01 and SV02 spacecraft were named Vespucci and Magellan.The third GPS 3-series navigation satellite, named "Columbus," is seen before shipment from Lockheed Martin's factory near Denver. Credit: Lockheed Martin"The arrival of the third GPS 3 satellite is another landmark for the program and is a testament to the professionalism, hard work and dedication of GPS team members from all parts of the country," said Col. Edward Byrne, chief of Production Corps' Medium Earth Orbit Space Systems Division at the Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center. "The delivery of SV03 marks the start of our second GPS 3 launch campaign on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and brings us another step closer in advancing the GPS constellation with more capable satellites."The GPS network provides positioning and timing services worldwide for military and civilian users, beaming signals relied upon by airliners, ATMs, drivers and smart bombs, among numerous other users.The Space Force says GPS SV03 will join 31 operational satellites in the GPS fleet providing non-stop positioning, navigation and timing services.The GPS 3 satellites offer more accurate navigation signals and boast longer design lifetimes. The new GPS 3 satellites provide a new L1C civilian signal that is compatible with Europe's Galileo navigation network.Like the previous line of Boeing-built GPS 2F satellites, all GPS 3-series spacecraft broadcast a dedicated L5 signal geared to support air navigation. The GPS 3 satellites also continue beaming an encrypted military-grade navigation signal known as M-code.Lockheed Martin is on contract with the Air Force to build up to 32 satellites, including 10 GPS 3 spacecraft and 22 upgraded GPS 3F satellites.
Цитата SMC@AF_SMC 1:26 AM - Feb 21, 2020SpaceX's Falcon 9 recently completed a full duration static fire test Feb. 13 at the company's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas ahead of @AF_SMC 's next GPS III mission for @spaceforcedod (Photo courtesy SpaceX) #SMC #SpaceStartsHere #USSF #GPSIIISV03
ЦитатаCRS-20 is gonna be on B1059.2, and GPS is on B1060.1 according to Michael Baylor / nextspaceflight.com
Цитата2020 April 29 Landing OCISLY or JRTI TBD
Цитата Tyler Gray @TylerG1998 15:33 - 27 мар. 2020 г.#SpaceX has opened media accreditation for the GPS III SV03 mission, which is set to launch on a #Falcon9 from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral NET April. Unlike the SV01 mission in Dec. 2018, the first stage will attempt to land on a droneship shortly after launch.
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ЦитатаSerge V Iz написал:Ступень, даже вторая, даже в одноразовом исполнении - это все равно для низких орбит. Столько времени и так далеко целой ракетной ступенью летать накладно.
ЦитатаSerge V Iz написал:Энергетически-то туда, до такой высоты ступень, вероятно, и долетит. Но ее ж потом еще надо взад спустить и утопить в безопасном районе.
Цитата Sandra Erwin @Sandra_I_Erwin 1 ч. назадBreaking news: SpaceX launch of GPS satellite delayed due to pandemichttps://spacenews.com/spacex-launch-of-gps-satellite-delayed-due-to-pandemic/ ...
ЦитатаSMC reschedules GPS III-3 launchSMC Public Affairs / Published April 07, 2020LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --The United States Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has decided to reschedule the launch of GPS III SV03 (GPS III-3) fr om Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to minimize the potential of COVID-19 exposure to the launch crew and early-orbit operators.The current GPS constellation is healthy, allowing for a strategic pause to ensure the health and safety of our force without operational impact.Originally scheduled for late April 2020, the launch is now projected for no-earlier than June 30, pending a re-evaluation in May."We do not make this decision lightly, however, given our GPS constellation remains strong, we have the opportunity to make a deliberate decision to maintain our mission assurance posture, without introducing additional health risk to personnel or mission risk to the launch," said Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, SMC commander and program executive officer for space.GPS III-3 brings the third modernized GPS III satellite to the operational GPS mission, and the team remains ready to execute. GPS III will bring three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capability than its predecessor.The current constellation is healthy with 31 satellites on orbit, allowing the team to take this strategic pause without gaps in coverage or capability."The GPS system supports vital U.S. and allied operations worldwide, unabated. As the COVID-19 pandemic is a threat to national security, likewise, rescheduling the launch is in the interest of national security," said Gen. Thompson. "We have to get it right the first time, and protecting our people is just as important as cost, schedule, and performance."SMC still plans to complete the next three GPS launches in 2020. The team is taking the necessary steps to protect the health of personnel to allow a swift return to the mission."Some of the steps include procedural and facility modifications at the GPS III Launch and Checkout Capability (LCC) operations center and reducing the onsite crew size to provide adequate physical distancing, per CDC guidelines," said Col. Edward Byrne, chief of Medium Earth Orbit Space Systems Division. "Once these efforts are completed, and the crews have rehearsed and are deemed proficient and ready to execute under these modified conditions, we fully intend to return to our launch cadence for deploying GPS III satellites."A leader of GPS III acquisition, SMC's Production Corps is the United States Space Force's acquisition office for producing and delivering GPS satellites, ground systems and military user equipment. The Production Corps' agile program management techniques, smart business approach and close teaming with Lockheed Martin Space are enabling the production and delivery of GPS III's new civil and warfighting capabilities by 2023. GPS delivers the "gold standard" of space-based positioning, navigation, and timing services vital to U.S. and allied operations worldwide, and underpins critical financial, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure that more than four billion users have come to depend on daily.SMC's Launch Enterprise, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is responsible for the acquisition and operation of launch vehicles, which includes mission assurance and launch safety. The Launch Enterprise is also responsible for leading the effort to certify new entrants to provide launch services for National Security payloads.GPS III SV03 will be launched into operational orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. GPS III SV03 will be the second National Security Space Launch (NSSL) mission to be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the first NSSL mission wh ere a Launch Service Provider is recovering a booster.The Space and Missile Systems Center is the U.S. Space Force's center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. SMC's portfolio includes space launch, global positioning, military space vehicle communications, defense meteorological space vehicles, range systems, space vehicle control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.SMC continues to deliver vital capabilities to the warfighter and the world, despite the challenges of COVID-19. Recent examples include the successful launch of AEHF-6 on March 26, Operational Acceptance of GPS III SV02 by Space Operations Command on March 27, and the inclusion of SV02 into the operational GPS constellation on April 1.
ЦитатаNext GPS launch delayed by coronavirus concerns; X-37B launch remains on trackApril 7, 2020 | Stephen ClarkThe third GPS 3-series satellite inside Lockheed Martin's spacecraft manufacturing plant in Colorado. Credit: Lockheed MartinU.S. military officials said Tuesday the launch of the satellite for the GPS navigation network -- planned for April 29 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket -- has been delayed to no earlier than June 30 to avoid exposing launch crews to the COVID-19 viral disease.However, the next launch of the military's X-37B spaceplane remains on track for liftoff in May on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, officials said.The U.S. Space Force said Tuesday that the launch of the next Global Positioning System satellite from Cape Canaveral would be delayed from late April "to minimize the potential of COVID-19 exposure to the launch crew and early-orbit operators."The Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center, which oversees the military's launch and satellite programs, said the two-month delay in the next GPS satellite launch would have no impacts on the overall health of the GPS network, which is used by military forces and civilians around the world."The current GPS constellation is healthy, allowing for a strategic pause to ensure the health and safety of our force without operational impact," SMC said in a press release.SMC said it will re-evaluate the launch schedule for the next GPS satellite in May."We do not make this decision lightly, however, given our GPS constellation remains strong, we have the opportunity to make a deliberate decision to maintain our mission assurance posture, without introducing additional health risk to personnel or mission risk to the launch," said Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, SMC commander and program executive officer for space, in a press release.GPS satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of approximately 12,550 miles (20,200 kilometers), with an inclination of 55 degrees to the equator. The network broadcasts global positioning and timing signals, supporting applications ranging from guided bombs to billions of smartphones used by civilians around the world.Military officials said there are 31 GPS satellites currently in the fleet, and they expect no gaps in coverage or capability caused by the launch delay."The GPS system supports vital U.S. and allied operations worldwide, unabated," Thompson said. "As the COVID-19 pandemic is a threat to national security, likewise, rescheduling the launch is in the interest of national security. We have to get it right the first time, and protecting our people is just as important as cost, schedule, and performance."The next GPS satellite to launch is currently in a processing facility near Cape Canaveral after shipment from its Lockheed Martin factory in Colorado earlier this year. It's the third spacecraft in the newest generation of GPS satellites, called the GPS 3-series.The first GPS 3-series satellite launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 23, 2018. Credit: SpaceXThe GPS 3 SV03 satellite is named "Columbus" after Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who visited the Americas on four expeditions beginning in 1492. The SV01 and SV02 spacecraft -- launched in 2018 and 2019 -- are named Vespucci and Magellan.Space Force officials said they still expect to launch three GPS satellites this year. All of the GPS satellites planned for launch this year will fly on SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets from Cape Canaveral.The launch of the GPS 3 SV03 satellite -- now planned in late June -- will be SpaceX's first launch on a mission for the Space For since the new military service was established in December. The next GPS launch will also mark the first time SpaceX will attempt to recover the Falcon 9's first stage booster on a National Security Space Launch mission, the designation for the military's highest-priority space launches.In preparation for the launch in late June, SMC said teams will introduce procedural and facility changes at the GPS 3 launch and checkout facility, located at a Lockheed Martin facility near Denver, to reduce the size of the crew onsite to ensure "adequate physical distancing.""Once these efforts are completed, and the crews have rehearsed and are deemed proficient and ready to execute under these modified conditions, we fully intend to return to our launch cadence for deploying GPS 3 satellites," said Col. Edward Byrne, chief of SMC's Medium Earth Orbit Space Systems Division.As of Monday, CNBC reported that six SpaceX employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. ULA confirmed Monday that one of its employees at a facility near Denver tested positive for the virus.Other Space Force operations are proceeding according to plan, SMC said....
Цитата: undefined Stephen Clark @StephenClark1 17 мин. назадNext three Falcon 9 launches:- ...- June 30 at 3:55pm EDT (1955 GMT): F9/GPS 3-3 from pad 40
Цитата: undefined Lockheed Martin @LockheedMartin 5 ч. назад #GPSIII, we'd be lost without you. Launching June 30, 3:56 PM ET.
Цитата: undefined Gavin - SpaceXFleet.com @SpaceXFleet 7 ч. назадThe Starlink launch is scheduled for June 25th and the GPS III SV03 launch is scheduled for the 30th.We will see dual droneship movements again. OCISLY will return whilst JRTI departs.Here is the newest fleet addition... Lauren Foss! She will tow JRTI for the GPS mission.