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How to watch SpaceX launch a GPS Space Force satellite on Friday night

Enlarge Image SpaceX shared this scenic view of the Falcon 9 that will carry Space Force's GPS satellite into orbit.

SpaceX was just starting the engine ignition sequence when it stopped the clock.

"Standing down from tonight's launch attempt of GPS III-4," SpaceX tweeted a few minutes before 7 p.m. PT, though it did not say whether a ground or flight vehicle issue was to blame.

Once Elon Musk's company does launch the GPS satellite, it will attempt to land the Falcon 9's first stage on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX hosted a livestream of Friday's launch, which you can watch below to see how events unfolded.

The GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 04 is the fourth in a series of GPS satellites operated by the US Space Force, the newest branch of the military.

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