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June 24-30, 2019 / Vol 38, No 25 / Hawai’i Island, USA

21 Jun 2019, 20:22 UTC
June 24-30, 2019 / Vol 38, No 25 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy to Launch 24 Payloads to 3 Orbits

The third flight of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy is set to launch June 24 at 23:30 from KSC LC 39A. The side boosters are reused from April Arabsat 6A mission, while the brand-new core stage is planned to land at drone recovery ship “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean. The USAF Test Program 2 (STP-2) mission, the first nighttime launch of Falcon Heavy, will carry 24 payloads to 3 different orbits: 865 x 300 km, a circular 720 km orbit, and a final orbit of 6,000 x 12,000 km. Deep Space Atomic Clock built at JPL is a testbed for future atomic clocks in space to improve navigation. Green Propellant Infusion Mission tests a new Hydroxyl Ammonium Nitrate fuel/oxidizer as a high-performance alternative to toxic propellants like hydrazine. Lightsail 2 is climax of a 10-year project by the Planetary Society, financed through crowdfunding, the first spacecraft in Earth orbit propelled solely by a solar sail. Tether Electrodynamic Propulsion CubeSat Experiment (TEPCE) will demonstrate propulsion using Earth magnetic field. Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment will consist of two cubesats in low orbit to study the effects of Earth ...

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