SpaceX is preparing to send the Falcon Heavy into space soon, and this time it will launch 23 satellites in orbit.
After its first commercial mission, the company conducted a static fire test with the megarocket core at its Texas plant on April 26, Space.com reported. SpaceX also shared a photo of the fiery test on Twitter, confirming the first step for the next major Falcon Heavy launch.
"The Falcon Heavy center booster completed a static fire test at our missile development facility in McGregor, Texas, for its next mission → http://spacex.com/stp-2," the company wrote in a Twitter state.
The upcoming mission will be the first Falcon Heavy flight for the US Department of Defense dubbed the Space Test Program-2 (STP-2). According to Spaceflight Now, the Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled to take off from the historic Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 22nd. The purpose of this mission is to send almost 24 satellites into space.
The Falcon Heavy center booster completed a static fire test at our missile development facility in McGregor, Texas, for its next mission → https://t.co/QjQ85Pfc1O pic.twitter.com/1UK1EUSryT
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) 27 April 2019
"The STP-2 mission will be among the most challenging launches in the history of SpaceX with four separate upper phase engine burns, three separate deployment orbits, a final propulsive passivation maneuver and a total mission duration of over six hours", SpaceX wrote a description of the mission. "In addition, the US Air Force plans to reuse the side repeaters from the launch of the Arabsat-6A Falcon Heavy, recovered after returning to the landing site of the launch site, ensuring that the first reused Falcon Heavy ever flew . "
The 23 satellites of the SpaceX mission also have different purposes: NASA's Green Propellant Infusion mission will pilot a new type of fuel that could improve the efficiency and safety of spacecraft propulsion, while Prox-1, which was developed from the students of the Georgia Institute of Technology, will test the small satellites to see if they can perform close operations.
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