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SpaceX Launches Air Force's Best GPS Yet

This next-generation GPS satellite is three times more accurate than previous versions and eight times better at anti-jamming

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    SpaceX Launches Air Force's Best GPS Yet
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    A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket stands ready for launch on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. The Falcon Heavy scheduled to launch Tuesday afternoon, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all.

    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 toward orbit.

    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).

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