SpaceX Conducts Static Fire Test for Falcon Heavy Megarocket Core

first_imgStay on target SpaceX is preparing to send the Falcon Heavy back to space soon, and this time, it will launch 23 satellites to orbit.Following its first commercial mission, the company conducted a static fire test with the megarocket’s core at its Texas facility on April 26, Space.com reported. SpaceX also shared a photo of the fiery test on Twitter, confirming the first step for the Falcon Heavy’s next major launch.“Falcon Heavy center core booster completed a static fire test at our rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas ahead of its next mission → http://spacex.com/stp-2,” the company wrote in a Twitter status.The upcoming mission will be the first Falcon Heavy flight for the United States Department of Defense dubbed Space Test Program-2 (STP-2). According to Spaceflight Now, the Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled to blast off from historic Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 22. The aim of this mission is to send almost 24 satellites to space.Falcon Heavy center core booster completed a static fire test at our rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas ahead of its next mission → https://t.co/QjQ85Pfc1O pic.twitter.com/1UK1EUSryT— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 27, 2019“The STP-2 mission will be among the most challenging launches in SpaceX history with four separate upper-stage engine burns, three separate deployment orbits, a final propulsive passivation maneuver, and a total mission duration of over six hours,” SpaceX wrote in a mission description. “In addition, the U.S. Air Force plans to reuse side boosters from the Arabsat-6A Falcon Heavy launch, recovered after a return to launch site landing, making it the first reused Falcon Heavy ever flown.”The SpaceX mission’s 23 satellites also have different purposes: NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission will pilot a new kind of fuel that might improve the efficiency and safety of spacecraft propulsion, while Prox-1, which was developed by students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will test small satellites to see if they can perform close-encounter operations.More on Geek.com:FCC Allows SpaceX to Fly Starlink Internet Satellites in Lower OrbitSpaceX Crew Dragon Test ‘Anomaly’ May Delay Future Flights SpaceX Loses Falcon Heavy’s Center Booster Due to Rough Seas ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas last_img

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