SpaceX will launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time in three years | Scientific and technical news

SpaceX will launch its Falcon Heavy rocket today for the first time in more than three years.

Elon MuskThe US Space Force company aims to send two US Space Force craft into orbit, two years after the mission was originally scheduled.

The repeated delays are due to issues with the payload, which in this case includes a microsatellite dubbed TETRA-1 that was created for “various prototype missions.”

The Falcon Heavy rocket was not launched since June 2019when it lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center carrying two dozen satellites, a deep-space atomic clock, the ashes of astronaut Bill Pogue, and more.

At the time, he was considered SpaceXthe most difficult launch.

Since then, the firm has carried out dozens of launches with its other rockets, including blasting its first all-civilian crew into space on a three-day trip.

Mr Musk has also been busy – this is SpaceX’s first major launch since he bought Twitter.

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Tuesday’s launch – scheduled for 9.40am local time (1.40pm UK) – will be the first to sport three Falcon 9 boosters, which are needed to provide the necessary thrust for the Falcon Heavy.

The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world, according to SpaceX.

The Falcon 9 launch themselves regularly, for example when they take SpaceX’s Starlink satellites in orbit.

November promises to be busy for important space missions, with Artemis 1, long delayed by NASA and the first rocket launch from UK soil also due.

And next month, SpaceX hopes to launch its giant Starship rocket system into orbit for the first time.

It will be a crucial demonstration flight as it aims to send NASA astronauts to the Moon in the next few years.

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