FL: SpaceX launches advanced GPS satellite for US Space Force, nails the landing

Source: Space.com

“SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at 7:24 a.m. EST (1224 GMT) with a new navigation satellite of the U.S. GPS constellation aboard. The launch of the Global Positioning Satellite used a refurbished Falcon 9 first-stage booster, which previously propelled to the International Space Station Crew 5 astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada of NASA, Japanese mission specialist Koichi Wakata and Russia’s Anna Kikina. The first stage successfully separated from the payload-carrying upper stage about 2 minutes and 40 seconds after clearing the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape, and safely descended back to Earth, landing on SpaceX’s drone ship called ‘A Shortfall of Gravitas’ about 8 minutes and 40 seconds after lift-off.” (01/18/23)