SpaceX is set to launch its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket this weekend, after performing a successful “static fire” test of the vehicle’s 27 first-stage Merlin engines at Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The mission, USSF-67, will be the second flight for Falcon Heavy and will carry both a communications satellite and a spacecraft capable of carrying six small satellites to geostationary orbit (GEO).
USSF-67 will reuse two side boosters from SpaceX’s last Falcon Heavy mission, USSF-44 which was launched on November 1st 2022. It will also feature a new central core that won’t attempt landing after liftoff.
This mission marks the end of an extended period without launches due to delays in customer payloads according to space industry analysts.
The upcoming launch caps off a busy week for SpaceX who recently launched 40 internet satellites for OneWeb on Monday night as well as plans for 51 Starlink broadband craft Tuesday night.
On top of that their robotic Dragon cargo capsule has left the International Space Station heading back down to Earth with plans to splashdown off Florida coast Wednesday ending SpaceX’s CRS-26 resupply mission for NASA.
You can watch the launch live at SpaceCoastLaunchCalendar.com