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Mission patch created by the Air Force 5th SLS to commemorate the first deployment of the Air Force's new GPS III series Satellites.
Launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon9 Block 5 Launch Vehicle, the Next-Gen satellite departed earth on 23 December 2016 at 8:51am ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida after several days delay. The Spacecraft, dubbed 'Vespucci' was deployed 2 hours after liftoff.
*** Disclaimer **** This patch is not to be confused with the Official SpaceX Mission Patch issued by SpaceX for the Falcon9 Launch Vehicle performance success. This patch memorializes the payload - the GPSIII-2 next-generation satellite launched for the Air Force and is not issued or sanctioned by SpaceX.