Miami – Private company SpaceX launched two satellites of the US Armed Forces into space from Cape Canaveral (Florida) aboard the powerful Falcon Heavy rocket.
The USSF-44 mission, commissioned by the US Space Force, took off from a platform at Kennedy Space Center at around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday and shortly thereafter it will place two “classified” satellites into geostationary orbit, of which it is not Has happened. information.
Tuesday’s launch marks the fourth flight of the Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket currently available, consisting of three Falcon 9 rocket cores, a compact mounting booster powered by 27 Merlin engines rated in 18 commercial aircraft. do construction.
The 70-metre-high and 12-metre-wide rocket made its first test flight in 2018, when it put a Tesla vehicle into space, followed by two other launches in April and June 2019, the last of which sent a group. Number of experimental satellites commissioned by the US Armed Forces and NASA.
As with previous missions, SpaceX plans to retrieve the side rockets, which are expected to land on the pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station approximately 10 minutes after liftoff, for later reuse.
Instead, and in the interest of maximizing fuel use for the mission, which would place the two satellites about 20,000 miles above Earth’s equator, the Core Falcon 9 rocket would be dropped into the Atlantic Ocean and would not be recovered.
In July, NASA awarded SpaceX a $255 million contract for the 2026 launch of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope by Falcon Heavy.
Elon Musk’s firm is developing a more powerful rocket, the Starship, which could have its first test flight into space later this year.