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GPS III-4 Discussion thread.  For overall discussion of the GPS III program please use the GPS III Program - General Thread

NSF Threads for GPS III-4 : Discussion

Successful launch November 5, 2020 at 6:24pm EST (23:24 UTC) on Falcon 9 (new booster 1062) from SLC-40 at CCAFS.  ASDS landing on OCISLY was successful.  New fairing halves will be recovered from the water.



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Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Hawthorne, California, has been awarded a $290,594,130 firm-fixed-price contract for launch services to deliver the GPS III to its intended orbit.  This contract provides launch vehicle production, mission integration/launch operations/spaceflight worthiness and mission unique activities for a GPS III mission, with options for two additional GPS III launch services. Work will be performed in Hawthorne, California; Cape Canaveral Air Force Space Station, Florida; and McGregor, Texas, and is expected to be complete by March 2020.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 space procurement funding in the amount of $96,937,905 will be obligated at the time of award.  The Contracting Division, Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California is the contracting activity (FA8811-18-C-0001).

https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1466539//

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GPS III SV03 and SV04 are fully assembled and in environmental testing. GPS III SV05 was integrated with its payload this fall and will begin system testing later this year.
https://www.harris.com/press-releases/2018/11/harris-corporation-delivers-sixth-gps-iii-satellite-navigation-payload



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Re: launch month of GPS III SV04, from SFN Launch Schedule, updated August 23:
May 2020
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EDIT 8/26
Source of GPS III / Falcon 9 launch cadence?
Scheduled:
Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)

2019
NET    April 4   June - GPS III SV02 "Magellan" - Delta-IV-M+(4,2) [D-384] - Canaveral SLC-37B (or Summer)
NET October  December - GPS III SV03 “Columbus” - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40

2020
Late 2019  NET May - GPS III SV04 - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40 (or Q1)
  H1   NET September - GPS III SV05 - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40

2021
H2 2020  NET February - GPS III SV06 - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40 (or NLT June 2021)

Changes on December 16th 
Changes on December 19th
Changes on December 24th

SpaceX closes out year with successful GPS satellite launch, dated December 23, 2018; my bold
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ULA’s Delta 4 rocket is slated to launch the second GPS 3-series spacecraft — nicknamed “Magellan” — next summer, an Air Force spokesperson told Spaceflight Now last week. That is a few months later than the previously-planned launch date in April, a slip industry sources said is due to the Air Force’s preference to complete testing of GPS 3 SV01 in space before committing to launching the second GPS 3 model.
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The third GPS 3-series spacecraft — christened “Columbus” — is assigned to fly on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in December 2019, the Air Force said. Subsequent GPS launches are planned at intervals of as short as four-and-a-half months, but officials will decide on a launch schedule based on the needs and health of the overall GPS network, according to an Air Force spokesperson.

In total, SpaceX has won contracts to launch five of the first six GPS 3-series satellites on Falcon 9 rockets.
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Cross-post:
GPS-III launches, source "Global Positioning System Program Status" Lt Col Ken McDougall 11/20/2019

https://www.gps.gov/governance/advisory/meetings/2019-11/mcdougall.pdf

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• SV03 ready for shipment to Cape Canaveral; Launch forecast Mar 2020
• SV04 declared Available for Launch 10 Sep 19; Launch forecast 3Q 2020
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https://www.gpsworld.com/directions-2020-delivering-gps-capabilities/

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We received delivery of SV03 and SV04 from Lockheed Martin Space Systems on May 16 and Sept. 10, respectively, with launches targeted for March and July 2020.

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Cross-post, update of January 13:
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
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August • Falcon 9 • GPS 3 SV04
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida
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Any news if this will be a new Falcon, or a re-used core?

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Any news if this will be a new Falcon, or a re-used core?

All EELV Phase 1A flights are supposed to be new vehicles.  That's what we need to assume unless we hear otherwise from USSF.

This mission will be flown by B1062. Based on public info, it is likely at McGregor.

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/reuse/75

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And B1060?

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And B1060?

That should be used for the SV03 lauch.  This thread is for the second GPS launch from now.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV04 : SLC-40 : November 5, 2020
« Reply #10 on: 05/23/2020 08:48 am »
And B1060?

That should be used for the SV03 lauch.  This thread is for the second GPS launch from now.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV04 : SLC-40 : November 5, 2020
« Reply #11 on: 06/27/2020 05:55 pm »
For an August launch, this payload should ship to the Space Coast any day now?
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV04 : SLC-40 : November 5, 2020
« Reply #12 on: 06/28/2020 01:21 am »
For an August launch, this payload should ship to the Space Coast any day now?

I seriously doubt this is still launching in August.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV04 : SLC-40 : November 5, 2020
« Reply #13 on: 06/29/2020 05:21 am »
For an August launch, this payload should ship to the Space Coast any day now?

I seriously doubt this is still launching in August.

As I recall, GPS III SV04 was scheduled for "August 2020" at the time when GPS III SV03 was due to fly on Apr 29, 2020.
Then GPS III SV03 got rescheduled to Jun 30, 2020.
Is it reasonable to assume that Air Force still wants the same time interval between SV03 and SV04 launches?
Or,
for the purpose of "SpaceX FPIP", which guess for SV04 launch would be better - Oct 2020? Sep 2020?

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV04 : SLC-40 : November 5, 2020
« Reply #14 on: 06/29/2020 02:06 pm »
This was in a recent GAO report on DoD programs:
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Additionally, the office stated that the third GPS III satellite arrived in in Florida in preparation for a no earlier-than June 2020 launch; the fourth GPS III satellite is on track for a late 2020 launch; and satellites five through 10 are in various stages of production.

I know they said earlier this year that they were still intending to launch three GPS sats this year, but I'll be really shocked if that happens.  There doesn't seem to be any urgent reason to rush the launches.  Last time I looked the launch for SV06 wasn't even funded yet.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV04 : SLC-40 : November 5, 2020
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[Spaceflight Now] U.S. military makes adjustments in GPS launch to allow for SpaceX booster landing
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SV04 mission could launch from Cape Canaveral on a Falcon 9 rocket as soon as Sept. 30, according to the Space and Missile Systems Center.

The GPS SV05 spacecraft is scheduled for launch on a Falcon 9 rocket in January

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV04 : SLC-40 : November 5, 2020
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Charleston Reservists assist with upcoming SpaceX launch
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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL, UNITED STATES
07.16.2020
Story by Senior Airman William Brugge
315th Airlift Wing/Public Affairs 

Two Airman from the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina worked with approximately 50 others to move a satellite that will be launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral.

The two Airmen are both loadmasters with the 701st Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, and helped facilitate the move of a Lockheed Martin GPS III SV04 satellite after it was brought in via a C-17 Globemaster III from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

“Opportunities like this really do challenge you and make you better at your craft,” said Master Sgt. Thomas McGee, instructor loadmaster, 701st Airlift Squadron. “On a mission like this, everything that you have learned and experienced is applied.”

The new GPS III SV04 will be “three times more accurate than the current satellite, the signals will be more powerful, and up to eight times improved jamming resistance and availability for critical missions worldwide.” according to Lockheed Martin.

The two were chosen for the mission because of their experience and skill. McGee was one of the senior military members on the mission and assisted with the unloading of the satellite and the uploading of the container that it was shipped in back into a C-17.

This was the fourth and final movement of the satellite and it was moved in record timing, according to McGee.

“We were able to move the satellite in under two hours, verse the previous move which took nearly six hours,” said McGee. “With hard work, implementation of our training, and the opportunity to make ourselves better, we accomplished a difficult task in record time.”

The satellite, which narrowly fit into the C-17, was moved using a system of winches down to a site where it will be outfitted onto a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket near a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.

The satellite is scheduled to be launched into space on August 1, 2020.

It's not launching August 1

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV04 : SLC-40 : November 5, 2020
« Reply #17 on: 08/08/2020 08:14 pm »
http://spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=56092

GPS III Space Vehicle 04 safely arrives in Florida
Press Release From: Los Angeles Air Force Base
Posted: Friday, August 7, 2020

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The U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center successfully delivered the fourth Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, July 14.
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The satellite will be processed at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Florida
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GPS III SV04 is slated to launch in September 2020.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : GPS III SV04 : SLC-40 : November 5, 2020
« Reply #19 on: 08/17/2020 08:58 pm »
Cross-post; "Thirty days hath September...":
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ (August 17 update)
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Sept. 30/Oct. 1 • Falcon 9 • GPS 3 SV04
Launch period: 0000-0400 GMT on 1st (8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. on 30th/1st)
Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida
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