SpaceX’s first commercial Falcon Heavy flight mission is scheduled for the 00:35 on April 11. If successful, it will be the world’s first triple rocket landing.
Falcon Heavy’s center core will attempt to land on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 34 minutes after liftoff, the satellite will be deployed
The Falcon Heavy mega-rocket is the most powerful booster currently in production. NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida will launch the rocket into orbit.
After liftoff, Falcon Heavy’s side boosters and central core stage will return to Earth for a groundbreaking triple landing, if all goes according to plan.
The Falcon Heavy carried a Tesla Roadster into space
The launch will be Falcon Heavy’s second flight, following its successful debut flight 14 months ago. In February 2018, SpaceX launched a red Tesla Roadster into space.
However, only the two side boosters landed successfully. The centre core missed its drone ship landing due to two of the three engines running out of igniter fluid.
At the time, SpaceX’s Elon Musk confirmed that the core crashed and burned. He also said on Twitter that it would be “pretty obvious” to fix.
According to NASA, the 2018 launch of the Tesla Roadster “proved that the Falcon Heavy could deliver more valuable payloads to orbit.”
Not enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines after several three engine relights. Fix is pretty obvious.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 12, 2018
Falcon Heavy rocket: Stats for nerds
The mega-rocket has a dry mass of 3 520 kilograms and weighs approximately 6 000 kilograms when fully fueled. Lockheed Martin constructed the spacecraft, utilising the LM2100 satellite bus.
The rocket is capable of delivering a 63 800 kilogram payload to low Earth orbit. It can also deliver a 26 700 kilogram payload to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO).
A GTO is an elliptical orbit used to transfer between two circular orbits of different radii in the same plane.
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The stream will go live at 00:35 on Thursday, 11 April.