SpaceX has confirmed that its Falcon Heavy rocket will launch on Monday night from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This latest announcement came after SpaceX carried out a successful test flight earlier on June 19 via the company’s official Twitter account. The upcoming mission will see the rocket carrying 24 government satellites for different purposes. In a recent Tweet, Elon Musk said that the upcoming mission will be SpaceX’s most difficult launch till date. While SpaceX has carried larger payloads in past, the rocket will be required to release the satellites into three different orbits.
This will also be the first time the rocket will use a different fuel which will improve on the current fuel. Apart from that, the rocket will also carry an atomic clock to help future autonomous spacecraft to navigate through space. If successful, these technologies will be extremely useful in future Mars and moon missions.
The upcoming launch will also be the first nighttime launch which will take place at 11:30PM EDT. However, weather forecasts have predicted significant risks of storms at that time period. As a result, we will have to see if there are any delays on the day.