Watch SpaceX launch a Falcon Heavy for the first time in three years • TechCrunch


Thousands gather on the Florida Space Coast to watch SpaceX launch its massive Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time since 2019.

SpaceX will attempt to directly inject two US Space Force spacecraft into geosynchronous orbit. The payload includes TETRA-1, a small satellite developed by Boeing’s Millennium Space Systems, which the company describes as a spacecraft built for “prototype missions” in the vicinity of GEO. Other spacecraft classified.

While the Space Force originally intended to launch the USSF-44 mission in late 2020, it has been repeatedly delayed due to payload readiness issues.

The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket currently in operation, and it has only been launched three times, the last of which was launched in June 2019. Tesla roadster car (and the phantom driver) to orbit, is a particularly notable chapter in SpaceX’s history.

The missile consists of three Falcon 9 boosters, the same ones that are now launched at least once a week. The 27 Merlin engines together produce about 5 million pounds of thrust. The second stage of the Falcon 9 and the load flow is attached to the central booster.

This will be the first launch of all three boosts as well as the upper and lower stage. SpaceX shared a photo last week of the first three stages in the hangar at the Kennedy Space Center.

Image credits: SpaceX

The central booster will be spent, while the two side boosters will land at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The launch is scheduled to be no later than 9:44 a.m. EDT.

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