SpaceX launch of Falcon 9 NROL-76 rescheduled
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in a mission titled NROL-76.
A busy flight schedule in SpaceX this year if the company may maintain its pace, including refinements of the Falcon 9 rocket to hasten refurbishment concerning flights and the debut in the long-delayed Falcon Heavy start vehicle with two aspect boosters recycled from preceding missions, according to company creator Elon Musk.
SpaceX news feed: Falcon 9 rocket may launch the 15th Dragon spacecraft on the 13th detailed cargo delivery mission into the International Space Station (CRS-13) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 15 Dragon spacecraft on the thirteenth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Sation (CRS-13) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fl.
Last March 16, 2017, Falcon 9 successfully provided EchoStar XXIII. A commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. EchoStar XXIII is really a highly flexible, Ku-band transmitted satellite services dish. Equipped with four main reflectors and multiple sub-reflectors helping multiple mission profiles.
Falcon Heavy most powerful operational rocket
On SpaceX launch timetable, Falcon Heavy’s maiden flight is expected in late summer. Musk said Thursday after the launch of SpaceX’s first used again Falcon 9 rocket booster-style. It will be a “high-risk” mission, he said, and SpaceX plans to launch this on a pure demonstration journey.
Falcon Heavy most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. It can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9. Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines. It can generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft.