US Space Force has officially allowed Spacex to use the refurbished rocket for the launch of its GPS III satellite.
The permission for the use of refurbished rockets from the US space force comes after the safety and reliability of the rocket’s reusability was demonstrated by the American space agency. It will allow SpaceX to launch its GPS III SVO5 satellite.
However, the SVO5 is using the same lower-level rocket as GPS III SVO4. The GPS III SVO4 satellite was launched in November last year. The rocket was used only once by the US Army with its GPS III SVO4 satellite, so we can call it the “Queen” rocket.
According to the Deputy Director of Missions of the US Space Force, it has not been decided as to which rocket must be used for the upcoming missions.
A deal worth $470 million was signed between SpaceX and the US government to launch 5 of the 6GPS III satellites.