USA-289

Summary

USA-289
GPS Block IIIA.jpg
Artist's rendering of GPS-III SV01 in Space.
NamesNavstar 77
GPS-III SV01
Vespucci
Mission typeNavigation
OperatorUSAF
COSPAR ID2018-109A [1]
SATCAT no.43873
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftGPS-III SV01
Spacecraft typeGPS Block III
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Launch mass4400 kg
Start of mission
Launch date23 December 2018, 13:51 UTC
RocketFalcon 9 Block 5
Launch siteCape Canaveral, SLC-40
ContractorSpaceX
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeMedium Earth orbit
(Semi-synchronous orbit)
Perigee altitude20,118 km (12,501 mi)
Apogee altitude20,196 km (12,549 mi)
Inclination55.00°
Period716.7 minutes
 

USA-289, also known as GPS-III SV01 or Vespucci, is an United States navigation satellite which forms part of the Global Positioning System. It was the first GPS Block III satellite to be launched.[2]

Launch

GPS-III SV01 is launched on a Falcon 9.

Built by Lockheed Martin and heavy 4,400 kg (9,700 lb), SV01 was launched on 23 December 2018 at 13:51 UTC atop expendable Falcon 9 Block 5 booster B1054, by SpaceX. The launch took place from SLC-40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), placing SV01 directly into semi-synchronous orbit.

References

  1. ^ "Navstar 77". NASA. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 26 September 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "GPS III Space Vehicle No. 1 "Vespucci" Arrives in Florida". Los Angeles Air Force Base. Retrieved 19 December 2019. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.