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Liftoff! SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lights up Florida's night sky as it launches to orbit carrying an upgraded GPS satellite for the US Space Force SpaceX Falcon 9 marked its 20th launch this year with a mission Thurs evening The rocket took off at 6:24pm ET, carrying a US Space Force GPS into orbit This is SpaceX's second attempt at the mission - it was scrubbed on Oct 2 The GPS joins 31 US Space Force satellites more than 12,000 ft above Earth 

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 00:11 GMT, 6 November 2020 | Updated: 00:23 GMT, 6 November 2020

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The night sky lit up over Cape Canaveral, Florida as SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket took off carrying a US Space Force Global Positioning System (GPS) into orbit.

The rocket launched at 6:24pm ET, marking the firm’s third GPS launch and its 20th mission for this year.

The US Space Force device is joining 31 other satellites orbiting Earth more than 12,000 miles above the surface, which circle our planet twice a day. 

With seconds left on the clock, mission control said 'Falcon 9, ignition,' and the rocket activated its Marlin engines that shot out streams of fire and smoke before soaring up into space. 

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With seconds left on the clock, mission control said 'Falcon 9, ignition,' and the rocket activated its Marlin engines that shot out streams of fire and smoke before soaring up into space

With seconds left on the clock, mission control said 'Falcon 9, ignition,' and the rocket activated its Marlin engines that shot out streams of fire and smoke before soaring up into space

This was the second attempt by SpaceX to send GPS III-SV04 into orbit. 

The initial launch was set for October 2, but Falcon 9’s computers shutdown operations and it took the crew weeks to identify and solve the issue.

SpaceX’s Hans Koenigsmann said: ‘We looked at the data and saw that two of the engines attempted to start early.’

Thursday’s launch proved to be a different story, as the Falcon 9 took off without any problems.

The night sky lit up over Cape Canaveral, Florida as SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a US Space Force Global Positioning System (GPS) into orbit

The night sky lit up over Cape Canaveral, Florida as SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a US Space Force Global Positioning System (GPS)

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