The U.S. Air Force’s first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite is now encapsulated for its planned Dec. 18 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the company announced Dec. 11. Space Vehicle O1 was sealed into its aerodynamic launch fairing at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville following pre-launch processing and fueling. Next the satellite will be mated to the Falcon 9. GPS III has three times better accuracy and up to eight ...

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