Published: Wed, June 26, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy launch went perfectly

SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy launch went perfectly

It's a $6 million dollar bill every time one of these fairings is destroyed, so SpaceX is keen to figure out how to re-use them. This is due to several factors, including the fact that the 24 satellites will need to be deployed at three different orbits in a mission lasting over six hours. It is more precise than the finest watch on earth and could be responsible for changing the way we travel through space.

SpaceX hopes to recover all three of the $160million (£125million) rocket's first-stage core boosters.

SpaceX's heftiest rocket's new center core booster crashed into the ocean as it attempted to land on the platform Tuesday following what was described by CEO Elon Musk as the company's "most hard launch".

The Falcon Heavy will launch four NASA experiments, and many other missions. The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 mission follows up on a successful test of the technology in 2015, and could blaze a trail for interstellar flight.

Rocket launches are always cool.

Falcon Heavy's liftoff is scheduled for 11:30 p.m., and forecasts predict a 70% chance of favorable launch conditions. The charred metal tubes certainly showed signs of their off-world experience hours before launch, but when they ignited it was business as usual for the Heavy.

SpaceX is about to launch the ashes of 152 people into space
It is more precise than the finest watch on earth and could be responsible for changing the way we travel through space. The 24 satellites that Falcon Heavy will carry out feature several types of equipment created to facilitate the mission.

This obviously won't be the last we see of the Falcon Heavy, so SpaceX will have more chances to nail a flawless three-out-of-three with its boosters once again.

While the Falcon Heavy was getting ready to do its thing, three International Space Station (ISS) crew members returned safely to Earth in the Soyuz MS-11 capsule. While the two side-boosters landed successfully at SpaceX's landing zones at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, the main booster crashed into the ocean and was destroyed on impact.

After launch Tuesday morning, the Falcon Heavy's two side boosters executed flawless synchronized landings on ground pads in Florida.

Also on board for the STP-2 mission: small portions of the cremated remains of 152 space enthusiasts being sent into orbit by their families through Celestis Memorial Spaceflights, a company that provides launch opportunities for clients who opt for burials in space and what the firm's website describes as "a uniquely compelling memorial experience".

The 24 research satellites will do lots of different things like help improve deep-space navigation, help improve tropical weather forecasts and test out new "greener" fuel propellants. It will also launch from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center.

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