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Space Force delays GPS 3 launch to minimize COVID-19 exposure

Wednesday, April 8, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Nathan Strout  |  April 7, 2020  |  C4ISRNET

 

The U.S. Space Force will reschedule the April 29 launch of the third GPS III satellite as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Space and Missile Systems Center announced April 7.

“We do not make this decision lightly, however, given our GPS constellation remains strong, we have the opportunity to make a deliberate decision to maintain our mission assurance posture, without introducing additional health risk to personnel or mission risk to the launch,” said Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, the head of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the program executive officer for space. “As the COVID-19 pandemic is a threat to national security, likewise, rescheduling the launch is in the interest of national security.” READ MORE...


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