SpaceX continues to prepare its heavy launcher Falcon Heavy for the US Space Force USSF-44 mission. Last Thursday, October 27, the company tested the rocket engines via a static ignition Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. According to SpaceX, this test was a success.
Static ignitions consist of briefly igniting the engines of the first stage of a rocket while it is fixed to the ground. This is a necessary step before proceeding to the actual launch. With the success of this test, the Falcon Heavy seems well on its way to the launch of the USSF-44 mission which will finally take place on 1er november.
An important mission for the US Space Force
This US Space Force mission will be the 4th what will the Falcon Heavy rocket do. It is also the first launch since 2019 for the heavy launcher. 1er next November, the Falcon Heavy will carry two satellites into orbitbut no details have leaked regarding these payloads and their purposes.
According to US Space Force Brigadier General Stephen Purdy, this launch is the culmination of years of effort by a dedicated team of mission-focused people. These people come from the US Space Force and the SpaceX company.
Purdy added that the Falcon Heavy is an important part of their overall ability to launch payloads into space.
Very busy SpaceX
We can say that SpaceX is currently very busy. On Thursday, October 27, the company carried out the static ignition test of the Falcon Heavy engines, but it also launched 53 satellites of the Starlink constellation. This launch used a rocket Falcon 9 whose first stage is the main element of the Falcon Heavy.
This last launch was a success for SpaceX which was able to recover the first stage after it landed on an automated barge, concluding the 49th launch this year.
Let’s wait for the launch of the 1er November to witness the Falcon Heavy’s first flight in three years. According to some sources, the takeoff will take place at 13:40 GMT.