CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) — One final rocket blasted into space before 2018 wrapped things up.READ MORE: Crestview Towers Residents Gather To Protest Lack Of Work Being Done To Repair The Property
SpaceX has launched the U.S. Air Force’s most powerful GPS satellite ever built.
A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday, hoisting the satellite into orbit.READ MORE: Large Crime Scene In Brownsville After Man Found Shot
The satellite was supposed to soar Tuesday but rocket concerns and then weather delayed the flight.
Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force, says this next-generation GPS satellite is three times more accurate than previous versions and eight times better at anti-jamming. It’s the first in a series and nicknamed Vespucci after the 15th-century Italian explorer who calculated Earth’s circumference to within 50 miles (80 kilometers).
It was SpaceX’s 21st and final launch of the year, a company record.MORE NEWS: Rise In School Fights Another Pandemic Casualty
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