The first launch of November goes to SpaceX and the 2nd mission for the United States Space Force this year with the successful launch and deployment of Lockheed Martin’s GPSIIISV04 satellite from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Florida at 6:24 PM EST or 23.24 UTC November 5th 2020.
On a mostly clear beautiful early evening sky with intermittent cloud cover (80% favorable weather forecast) the SpaceX team successfully deployed their customers GPS satellite in orbit following stage separation and accomplished a pinpoint landing with the first stage booster B-1062.1 on drone ship OCISLY downrange in the Atlantic Ocean.
Satellite space vehicle GPSIIISV04 deployed one hour 29 minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.
In September 2020 SpaceX reached an important agreement with SMC United States Space Force’s Space & Missile System Center for the use of previously flown first stage boosters on future National Security Space Launch Missions.
The next SpaceX launch this year will be the long awaited Crew 1 with four astronauts ( three NASA astronauts & one Japanese) from SLC-39A on November 14th 2020.
Congratulations to all involved in making this launch a huge success.
Article and photos credit: Scott Schilke for spacenews.lu