Elon Musk's SpaceX has some big plans for its upcoming mission, one that could have huge implications for the future of space exploration.
SpaceX’s Elon Musk has just revealed some big news on Twitter about Falcon Heavy’s first flight: it’s finally going to happen later this summer. In addition, there’s more amazing news, as the company may try to reland and retrieve the rocket’s upper stage during the demo which certainly won’t be easy.
It’s a bigger vehicle than the Falcon 9, which has been landed successfully in a few tests. And it also has three cores instead of just one, and it is capable of carrying twice the cargo, so this will be no easy feat.
Falcon Heavy will be key to SpaceX’s mission to send humans toc olonize Mars on a reusable spaceship it is called the “Interplanetary Transport System.” Before it gets there, SpaceX is more worried about demonstrating pre-flown boosters, and retriving the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. They also want to relaunch a used rocket 24 hours after it was first flown.
“SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver SES-10, a commercial communications satellite for SES, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). SES is a world-leading satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite communications solutions across the globe,” SpaceX says in its latest statement. “The SES-10 mission will mark a historic milestone on the road to full and rapid reusability as the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket. Falcon 9’s first stage for the SES-10 mission previously supported the successful CRS-8 mission in April 2016.
“SpaceX is targeting launch of SES-10 from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The two and a half hour launch window opens on Thursday, March 30, at 6:27 p.m. EDT, or 10:27 p.m. UTC. The satellite will deploy approximately 32 minutes after launch. A backup launch window opens on Saturday, April 1, at 6:27 p.m. EDT, or 10:27 p.m. UTC.”