NASA has released information regarding the U.S. space agency’s payloads that will launch on the Air Force’s STP-2 (Space Test Program -2) mission on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket later this month.
Meanwhile, in Florida, Landing Zone -1 (LZ-1) has been cleared to return to normal operations following the Crew Dragon anomaly on 20 April, paving the way for the site’s use as one of the landing locations for one of Falcon Heavy’s side boosters.
The third Falcon Heavy mission is set to launch No Earlier Than (NET) Monday, 24 June 2019 from LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center, FL. The day’s launch window opens at 23:30 EDT and will mark the Falcon Heavy’s first night launch.
Falcon Heavy payloads from NASA:
In all, four NASA payloads will ride-share their way to orbit aboard the Falcon Heavy during the STP-2 mission, managed by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
The NASA payloads, four of the 24 total payloads on this mission, are designed to test a variety of technologies that the agency hopes will one day improve upon current spaceflight technologies.
The NASA payloads are: the Deep Space Atomic Clock, the Green Propellant Infusion Mission, the Space ...