SpaceX's most powerful rocket is once again ready for the skies and beyond. The Falcon Heavy is scheduled for its first nightly release on Monday, June 24. This will be the third flight of the rocket system, and it will be a challenge.
NASA, which has some cargoes on board, will broadcast the process from 8pm. PT launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The actual launch is pointing at 8:30 in the afternoon. If the weather conditions cooperate.
This mission, dubbed STP-2 to the Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2, will carry a few dozen satellites into orbit, including Lightsail 2, a. It will also carry an Atomic Deep Space Clock, which could be used to help spacecraft navigate to distant destinations, as well as a satellite that will test a new type of green propellant for NASA.
"The STP-2 mission will be among the most challenging releases in the history of SpaceX," SpaceX said, citing four separate burns on the upper-stage engine, three separate deployment orbits, and a total mission duration of more than six hours. For comparison, the last Falcon Heavy mission deployed its satellite only 34 minutes after launch.
"This will be our most difficult launch of all time" founder Elon Musk tweeted.
SpaceX will try to land the lateral boosters in the ground landing areas, and the central hub in the ship Of I Still Love You, in the Atlantic Ocean. The core of the previous launch, in April, landed successfully on the ship, but it was a. SpaceX hopes to bring you home safely this time.