Published: Fri, June 28, 2019
Sci-tech | By Javier West

SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy launch went perfectly

SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy launch went perfectly

SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket in the early hours of Tuesday morning, delivering 24 satellites into orbit and making many of its clients very happy in the process.

The craft lifted off to cheers from onlookers at 2:30 a.m. after a three-hour delay from the original launch time late Monday.

While the core of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket crashed on attempting to land on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship on June 25, the rocket's side boosters touched down successfully at Cape Canaveral. The Falcon Heavy is viewed as the world's most dominant working rocket. The second half was fished out of the water the ship GO Navigator.

The STP-2 mission carried two dozen satellites into orbit for NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a Department of Defense test program, and a number of universities.

In addition, as reported by the American news portal Business Insider, on Board the Falcon Heavy was the dust of 152 people in a metal capsule, which was supposed to release in open space. SMC procured the mission to provide spaceflight for multiple DoD, NASA and NOAA-sponsored military and civil experiments and to demonstrate the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle for future operational DOD missions.

The satellites will be used for experiments involving several US government agencies, in addition to some university projects.

When a rocket sends a spacecraft into orbit, and that spacecraft deploys its payload (in last night's launch, the payload was a whopping 24 satellites) the protective nose cone covering the payload bay splits in half.

The LightSail 2 is a crowdfunded project that aims to become the first spacecraft in Earth orbit propelled exclusively by sunlight, the Planetary Society, which has championed solar propulsion for decades, said on its website.

The two side booster rockets returned safely to Earth, descending onto adjacent Air Force landing pads, but the rocket's center booster missed its mark, crashing in the Atlantic Ocean. It has the ability to lift almost 64 metric tons (141,000 pounds) into orbit-more than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.

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