SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy for military for the second time

SpaceX is planning a second launch of the Falcon Heavy super-heavy rocket in the interests of the US military. It is known that on January 12, satellites to provide special communications and six small experimental vehicles are to fly into space.

Falcon Heavy in the hangar of launch complex 39A. Source: SpaceX

Falcon Heavy for the military

Representatives of the US Space Command and SpaceX announced that the second launch of the Falcon Heavy superheavy carrier would take place on January 12 in the interests of national defense. The details of it were promised to be revealed soon.

The first launch of the Falcon Heavy with US military spacecraft took place on November 1, 2022. Then, as part of the USSF-44 mission, a number of satellites were launched into space, including six LDPE spacecraft. Two side boosters from this launch will be used in the current mission, called USSF-67.

Back on January 7, SpaceX published a photo of three Falcon Heavy blocks assembled together. At the same time, they reported that they were in the hangar of launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral. It is reported that the side boosters will try to land this time.

What will fly into space?

Details of what exactly will be launched into space as part of the USSF-67 mission are reported quite limited. It is known that there will be two cargoes. The first of them would be a CBAS-2 communications satellite, and the second would be the same ring of six LDPE satellites that was launched last time.

CBAS-2 is a satellite providing special communications to the top of the US command. Its specific capabilities and features of work are classified. The first version of this satellite, developed by Boeing, was launched back in 2018 on an Atlas 5 rocket as part of the AFSPC-11 mission.

For LDPE satellites, this will be the third such mission since December 2021. It is known about them that the American command uses these devices to work out new systems of orientation and movement in space.

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