In an effort to increase the capabilities of Defense System in Space, U.S space forces is planning to launch the advanced Global Positioning System satellite known as GP III. The Vice President of U.S Space Mike Pence claims this satellite to be “new generation of jam-resistant GPS and communication satellites”. The launch of this satellite is a part of $5.4 billion program. The GP III is first of its kind, was initially planned to be launched in April 2014 but has been facing delays for four years. Earlier this year it was scheduled to April then delayed to October and now to December.
According to the official statement released by Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, U.S said the launch date has officially been moved to December as per mutual agreement. The purpose of this delay is told to be the complete qualification testing and one-time validation of upgraded rocket that Elon Musk’s SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 Block 5 design, to be used to boost it into orbit.
The GPIII is expected to increase the accuracy for navigation purpose. It will also be useful for security purposes against cyberattack. Since GPS navigation is equally used by military and civilians for driving directions.