SpaceX launches advanced GPS satellite for US Space Force, sticks rocket landing at sea

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched an advanced GPS satellite for the U.S. Space Force on Thursday (June 17), marking the 19th launch of the year here on the Space Coast. 

One of the company’s two-stage Falcon 9 rockets blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here at 12:09 p.m. EST (1409 GMT), carrying the GPS III SV05 navigation satellite to orbit. Nine minutes later, the rocket’s first stage touched down on the deck of “Just Read the Instructions,” one of SpaceX’s two drone ships. 

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