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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket

  • 25 Jun 2019
  • 2 min read

SpaceX has launched its Falcon Heavy rocket carrying 24 experimental satellites on boosters that are being reused.

  • The payloads have been assembled from several partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and university research projects.
  • The Falcon Heavy, which the company SpaceX considers to be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, will carry the two dozen spacecraft into three distinct orbits.
  • The company also will attempt to land the Falcon Heavy’s two boosters back on earth simultaneously, then land the first stage of the rocket on a drone ship in the ocean about 770 miles away from where it initially takes off.
  • SpaceX first demonstrated the 230-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon Heavy in February 2018. In April 2019, it launched Falcon Heavy for its first paying customer, Saudi Arabia’s commercial satellite operator Arabsat.
    • SpaceX is a private company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk. Its headquarters is located in Hawthorne, California (U.S.A).

Important Payloads and Technology Mission from NASA in Falcon Heavy

  • Deep Space Atomic Clock: It is a technology demonstration that will help spacecraft navigate autonomously through deep space.
  • Green Propellant Infusion Mission: A small satellite to test rocket fuel that is more environment-friendly.
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