Air Force spokesman William Russell said: "Once fully operational, this latest generation of Global Positioning System satellites will bring new capabilities to users, including three times greater accuracy and up to eight times the anti-jamming capabilities". It also offers military and civilian users with more accurate geolocation services. This is planned that very next year there will be the launch of the spacecraft with GPS III which has a lifespan of more than 15 years.
SpaceX sued the U.S. Air Force in 2014 in protest over the military's award of a multibillion-dollar, non-compete contract for 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed.
The US Air Force monitors the location of the launch known as the 45th Space Wing, helping to set up road blocks and clear relevant air space.
"This is the Air Force's first GPS III, so we are excited to begin on-orbit test and demonstrate its capabilities", Caldwell said.
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Lockheed Martin is building the new satellites outside Denver. This is the 20th major rocket launch from Florida this year. On Sunday, a 26-minute window opened at 8:51 a.m. EST to launch the satellite, and SpaceX posted a live webcast link for viewers.
In September, the Air Force selected Lockheed Martin for the GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program, an estimated $7.2 billion opportunity to build up to 22 additional GPS IIIF satellites with additional capabilities. However, he added that future GPS III missions may feature attempts to recover the first stage, depending on flight results from Sunday's mission. The vice president was in Florida to announce that President Donald Trump had ordered the, a unified combatant command to provide control of all military space operations.