SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket ready for first national security mission

First up on the schedule is SpaceX which plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

Vice President Mike Pence was in Florida for the now-delayed SpaceX launch.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the GPS III SV01 navigation satellite for the USA military stands atop its launchpad ahead of a December 18, 2018 launch attempt from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The United States Air Force has planned to launch Global Positioning System 3 satellite constellation, of which first satellite has been scheduled to launch on December 18.

Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California, is the U.S. Air Force's center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems.

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The spacecraft, GPS III-SV01, is up to three times as accurate as its predecessor, according to Lockheed Martin, and today will be the first time it is sent into space.

The 26-minute launch window opens at 9:07 a.m. ET.

"The most important thing is that we get that rocket up safely and securely and it achieves its mission", he said.

If all the rockets now scheduled launch as planned, there could be five launches within a 24 hour period.

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The Air Force designs and operates the GPS system, which has widespread civilian and military applications. That is because India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.

SpaceX and Blue Origin are headlining a busy day of rocket launches on Tuesday morning, planning to send rockets into space within minutes of each other.

Shortly thereafter, Blue Origin said it was canceling Tuesday's New Shepard launch because of a ground infrastructure issue.

The postponed mission comes from Arianespace, which had planned to launch a Soyuz rocket from the spaceport in French Guiana to carry a French defense and intelligence imaging satellite designated CSO-1 into orbit. UPDATE: This launch was scheduled for Tuesday night, but was scrubbed due to high ground-level winds at the launch site.

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ULA's Delta IV Heavy launch is still on the books for later today, and if successful, could mark the start of a fantastic day of rocket launches.

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