SpaceX to launch Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 24, 2019

The STP-2 mission includes technologies developed by several organizations, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, ) DoD research laboratories, several universities and NASA-which is sending up four payloads.

The most powerful rocket from Elon Musk's SpaceX is set to take to the skies once again.

The remains of 152 people are on board the upcoming Falcon Heavy launch. This will be the rocket system's third flight and it will be, by SpaceX's own admission, among the most challenging in the company's history. The boosters were previously used for the April launch of the Arabsat-6A telecommunications satellite-the Falcon Heavy's first commercial mission-during which they successfully separated from the main rocket and landed safely at Cape Canaveral.

Currently, the weather conditions are 70% favorable and additional updates on the weather will be provided as Monday progresses, but if the launch doesn't go ahead as planned, a backup window will open at 8:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday, June 25.

SpaceX shared a scenic view of Falcon Heavy sitting upright on the launchpad on Monday. Dubbed LightSail 2, the spacecraft-which is backed by science communicator and head of the society Bill Nye-will attempt the first controlled flight in Earth's orbit powered by solar sails.

The Falcon Heavy rocket will carry two dozen satellites for NASA and the Department of Defense. For comparison, the last Falcon Heavy mission deployed its satellite just 34 minutes after launch.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, described the STP-2 launch as the company's "most hard launch ever", in a Twitter post. SpaceX will try to land those boosters back down on Earth.

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