Falcon Heavy Going for First Night Launch on Monday, Carries Human Ashes

Mindy Sparks
June 25, 2019

The U.S. Air Force has already certified Falcon Heavy to fly national security payloads, with SpaceX snagging its first military mission for the rocket last summer: a $130 million deal to launch an Air Force Space Command satellite sometime in 2020. During the April launch, SpaceX recovered all three rockets.

This Monday's Falcon Heavy launch, dubbed Mission STP-2, will broadcast live on SpaceX's Youtube channel.

"This will be our most hard launch ever", founder Elon Musk tweeted. The two previously flown side boosters will attempt synchronized side-by-side landings back at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station eight-and-a-half minutes after liftoff. That has never happened at night before.

STP-2 provides a unique space access opportunity for DoD and inter-agency science and technology missions that directly enhance the space capabilities of the US and its allies and partners. They are created to measure atmospheric distortion of satellite signals to improve severe weather forecasting.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization, the new satellites could Improve accuracy of weather forecasts up to four days in advance. That's because of the range of orbits the satellites need to reach. They will "collect water vapor data that will help meteorologists observe, study and forecast hurricanes and other severe storms". The launch occurred at pad 39A the Kennedy Space center (USA). If postponed, another attempt is scheduled at the same time Tuesday.

The Falcon Heavy will carry several payloads for NASA and the Air Force, which means they are paying for tonight's launch, or actually, the taxpayers are.

The second stage then will fire again to circularize the orbit at an altitude of about 447 miles before deploying General Atomics' Orbital Test Bed satellite, housing NASA's atomic clock and the Celestis cremains, the green propellant experiment, a Naval Research Laboratory space weather monitor and the six satellites making up NOAA's COSMIC 2 payload.

The publication notes that we are talking about short switching of the power units of the Central unit and a pair of side boosters of the medium, which is supposed to start June 24 in the interests of the air force (USAF) US.

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