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SpaceX completes first national security mission


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Kelly Cohen

December 23, 2018

SpaceX passed a major milestone Sunday, launching its first national security mission for the United States government.

The private aerospace company, owned by controversial billionaire Elon Musk, shot a $500 million GPS satellite into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket.

The satellite carried by the Falcon 9 was designed for the Air Force and constructed by Lockheed Martin. The rocket successfully left Cape Canaveral in Florida at approximately 8:51 a.m. Eastern time and successfully deployed its payload several hours later.

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