SpaceX Falcon Heavy will carry the remains of 152 people into space

Katie Ramirez
June 25, 2019

However, the STP-2 mission is the first of its kind, transporting multiple satellites at the same time, which SpaceX never tried before.

The launch is a check run for the Falcon Heavy, in efforts by SpaceX to get its Heavy lift rocket certification for future national security missions. The rocket is to release the satellites in three different orbits over a period of hours.

Also on board for the STP-2 mission: small portions of the cremated remains of 152 space enthusiasts being sent into orbit by their families through Celestis Memorial Spaceflights, a company that provides launch opportunities for clients who opt for burials in space and what the firm's website describes as "a uniquely compelling memorial experience". The mission is managed by the Air Force through its Space Test Program (STP for short), STP-2 is the next epic ride-share SpaceX plans to pull off, and according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, it will be the toughest one yet.

As part of SpaceX's STP-2 mission, the Falcon Heavy rocket will be carrying the cremated remains of 152 dead individuals.

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Like before SpaceX will be attempting to land both its boosters and the centre core back to the ground.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization, the new satellites could Improve accuracy of weather forecasts up to four days in advance. Analysts say that's because of the range of orbits the satellites need to reach. They will "collect water vapor data that will help meteorologists observe, study and forecast hurricanes and other severe storms". The launch is set to happen at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the launch is pushing a bunch of satellites into orbit if all goes well. If postponed, another attempt is scheduled at the same time Tuesday. Falcon Heavy's inaugural test mission previous year propelled a cherry-red Tesla roadster with a "Starman" spacesuit propped behind the wheel into space. At that point, the Air Force's Demonstration and Science Experiments - DSX - satellite will be deployed to characterize the space radiation environment and its effects on sensitive electronics.

"It's an exciting partnership with NASA, NOAA and SpaceX to provide space access for important military and civil experiments while demonstrating the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle capabilities", Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Air Force program executive officer for space, said in a statement.

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