U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other dignitaries get a closer look at the Dragon capsule at a SpaceX hangar in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP)
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Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to blast off on Thursday after two cancelled launches earlier this week due to last-minute technical problems, but poor weather is looming as a potential problem.The rocket will carry a roughly $500 million global positioning system (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp and is due to take off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9 a.m. local time (1400 GMT).SpaceX won an $83 million Air Force contract in 2016 to launch the GPS III satellite, which will have a lifespan of 15 years.Thursday's launch is set to be the first of 32 satellites in production by Lockheed under contracts worth a combined $12.6 billion for the Air Force GPS III program, Lockheed spokesman Chip Eschenfelder said.
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