The most powerful rocket of Elon Musk's SpaceX is to fly into the air and beyond. The first night launch of Falcon Heavy is scheduled for Monday, June 24th. This is the third and challenging flight of the missile system.
NASA, which has some payloads on board, will now follow the proceedings live at 8 pm PT from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The actual start is scheduled for 20:30. PT when weather conditions work together.
This mission, named STP-2 for the Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2, is launching a few dozen satellites into orbit, including Lightsail 2, a. It will also carry a Deep Space Atomic Clock, which will allow spaceships to navigate to distant targets, as well as a satellite testing a new type of green propellant for NASA.
"The STP-2 Mission Will Be" SpaceX was one of the most challenging launches in SpaceX history, naming four separate upper-tier burns, three separate orbits and a total mission duration of over six hours. By comparison, the last Falcon Heavy mission deployed its satellite just 34 minutes after launch.
"This will be our most difficult start yet", tweeted founder Elon Musk.
SpaceX will try to land the side boosters on ground landing zones and the central core on the Natural I still love you, drone in the Atlantic. The center core for the previous launch in April successfully landed on the ship, but was a loss. SpaceX hopes to bring it home safely this time.
Originally published on June 21st.