CAP CANAVERAL, FLA. – NASA's "Green Thruster" spacecraft will launch the third flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral starting June 24th.
SpaceX and the US Air Force are aiming for June 24 at 23:30. launched the Falcon Heavy since Launch Complex 39A of the Kennedy Space Center.
This will be the first night launch of Falcon Heavy, and the air ballot associated with the recall booster could be beautiful if weather conditions are favorable.
Green Propellant Infusion Mission, or GPIM, NASA's own propellant mission, is sharing a space agency's load with the Department of Defense's space testing program 2, which includes approximately 20 government and defense satellites. research institutes.
"We are increasingly relying on satellites for communications, monitoring weather and weather conditions on Earth and exploring the universe," said Steve Jurczyk, NASA's Associate Administrator, in a statement. A press release. "It is important to develop a technology that increases the protections offered to launch personnel and the environment, and that can potentially reduce costs."
Alternative fuel is expected to power the spacecraft faster, safer and cheaper.
Space Agency officials said the technology on STP-2 would advance future human exploration on the Moon and, later, on Mars.
This will be the first launch of the US government on a Falcon Heavy rocket.
The powerful rocket generates more than 5 million pounds of thrust on takeoff with 27 Merlin engines. Falcon Heavy is able to launch a 737 airliner, with passengers and their luggage, in orbit, according to SpaceX.
The rocket has three boosters that can be retrieved and rebroadcast. The two lateral cores land at Cape Canaveral Air Base and the central booster lands on the drone ship Of course, I still love you in the Atlantic Ocean.
Rocket booster landings are preceded by several powerful sonic detonations as the rocket propellants cross the sound barrier while returning to touchdown.
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