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.