SpaceX will launch its Falcon Heavy rocket today for the first time in more than three years.
Elon MuskThe company’s goal is to put two U.S. Space Force spacecraft into orbit two years after the original mission.
The repeated delays were due to problems with the payload, which in this case included a tiny satellite called TETRA-1, which was created for “various prototype missions.”
Falcon Heavy has yet to launch From June 2019when it lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, carrying two dozen satellites, a deep space atomic clock, the ashes of astronaut Bill Pogue and more.
thought at the time SpaceXThis is the most difficult launch.
Since then, the company has conducted dozens of launches with other rockets, Including sending its first civilian crew into space on a three-day journey.
Mr. Musk has also been busy — it’s the first major launch since SpaceX he bought twitter.
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Tuesday’s launch – which will take place at 9.40am local time (1.40pm UK) – will be the first to feature the three Falcon 9 boosters needed to provide the Falcon Heavy with the necessary thrust.
According to SpaceX, the Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world.
Falcon 9s will fire on their own at regular intervals, for example during filming SpaceX’s Starlink satellites into orbit.
November will be a busy month for major space missions, including NASA’s long-delayed Artemis 1 mission and First rocket launch from British soil also deserved.
Next month, SpaceX hopes to send its giant Starship rocket system into orbit for the first time.
This will be a pivotal demonstration flight as it aims to send NASA astronauts to the moon within the next few years.