CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. โ€” A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried a GPS satellite for the U.S. Space Force into orbit from Florida Thursday evening.

What You Need To Know

  • GPS satellite will be used for navigation, search-and-rescue

  • SpaceX also successfully landed the rocket's first stage on its droneship

  • Next launch attempt will be ULA Atlas V rocket launch on Sunday at 5:36 p.m.

On board the rocket was the fourth Lockheed Martin-built GPS III Space Vehicle 04 satellite. The U.S. military satellite will be used for navigation, search-and-rescue, and will be available for commercial and civilian use, according to Lockheed Martin.

SpaceX also landed the Falcon 9โ€™s first stage on the companyโ€™s drone ship "Of Course I Love You," staged hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Once above Earth, the GPS III will join three other satellites. Eventually, there will be a constellation of 32 of the satellites in orbit.

Just a few miles away, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket awaits liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It was originally set to lift off Tuesday, then Wednesday, pushed back due to technical checks. A third launch attempt is scheduled for Sunday at 5:36 p.m.