SpaceX's Next Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch Will Be an Epic Rideshare: Report

Space.com | 3/5/2018 | Google+
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The next flight for SpaceX's massive Falcon Heavy rocket is expected to launch in June, a mission for the U.S. military that will carry more than two dozen satellites and spacecraft into orbit, according to Spaceflight Now.

Spaceflight Now reported Friday (March 2) that SpaceX's next Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Space Test Program- 2 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The mission includes 25 different satellites and spacecraft, the most ever for a SpaceX rocket. Spaceflight Now cited an unnamed spokesperson for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center as its source for the news.

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SpaceX's second Falcon Heavy mission will come about four months after the Hawthorne-based company's successful Falcon Heavy test launch on Feb. 6. That mission launched SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into space with Starman, a mannequin in a spacesuit, at the wheel.

According to Spaceflight Now, the STP-2 mission will include a veritable cornucopia of satellites. Those payloads include:

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Six small weather satellites for the U.S.-Taiwanese Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate-2 (COSMIC-2) program;

LightSail 2, a solar-sail propelled cubesat built by the Planetary Society. This mission follows the society's...
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