SpaceX successfully launches 'most complicated' Falcon Heavy rocket with 24 payloads

Katie Ramirez
June 25, 2019

The Falcon Heavy took off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida this morning.

In this case, the remains have been placed inside the Orbital Test Bed (OTB)-one of 24 satellites being launched by STP-2 developed by various organisations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, ) DoD research laboratories, universities and NASA.

Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies launched its Falcon Heavy rocket for the USA military early Tuesday, a spectacular night time liftoff that Musk described as the company's toughest yet.

SpaceX's most hard launch yet proved to be as complicated as Elon Musk predicted.

These payloads and experiments include an Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment (E-TBEx) to enhance signal strength in the upper atmosphere, a Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) to promote the use of more sustainable rocket fuel, a deep space atomic clock for one-way navigation, Space Environment Testbeds (SET) to analyze space radiation, and a solar sail project funded by The Planetary Society, a nonprofit organization led by Bill Nye (the Science Guy), CNN noted.

The center core failed to land on a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Prior to launch Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, was calling this one of the most hard missions SpaceX has ever performed. But the new core booster missed an ocean platform, not unexpected for this especially hard mission, SpaceX noted.

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The craft blasted off to cheers from onlookers at 2:30 a.m. after a three-hour delay from the original launch time late Monday (June 24).

The clock is meant to help spacecraft navigate by themselves when far from Earth.

Aside from the launch of the remains, most of the STP-2 payloads are experiments focused on various aspects of spacecraft design.

After the satellites' safe launch, each one began its own timetable for fully deploying, collecting test data and settling into its duties.

As is the norm for SpaceX launches, the whole event is going to be streamed live online for all to see.

Much of the focus in 2019 has been on the first flight with humans on board.

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