GPS III finally aloft, benefits on the way

January 9, 2019  - By
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket orbited the first GPS III satellite on Dec. 23, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket orbited the first GPS III satellite on Dec. 23, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

On December 23, the first GPS III satellite entered an orbit around Earth, after a five-day delay. This first of a new breed of GPS satellite also experienced a four-year delay, with its original launch scheduled for 2014.

While the system has experienced more than its share of problems, at the start of a new year I want to focus on the benefits to come.

Few of us realized how much our lives would change when the first GPS satellite was launched in 1978. GPS III could bring