Sunday, 25 Aug 2019

The most powerful rocket owned by Elon Musk successfully launches 24 satellites into space


IllustrationIllustration - Falcon Heavy, SpaceX's rocket which touted as the strongest in the world, is back in action. It has just successfully rolled off the runway at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Quoted from United Press International, this mission brought 24 satellites belonging to the United States Air Force, NASA, and private industries. This is the first time the military has used the service of Falcon Heavy.

A total of three missions have been successfully carried out by Falcon Heavy. As before, the two rocket boosters return to Earth simultaneously to be used in the next mission. Unfortunately, the third booster did not land at a predetermined location in the Atlantic Ocean.

The failure was predicted by SpaceX. According to Elon Musk as the owner of SpaceX, the Falcon Heavy launch this time is the most difficult for them. Because, rockets must fly satellites in three different orbits in a matter of hours.

The main mission, called COSMIC-2, is to send the satellites that orbit near the equator. According to the National Oceanic and Athmospheric Organization, satellites can improve the accuracy of weather forecasts, especially hurricanes. Other satellites are operated by NASA and the Department of Defense with various purposes.

"This is an interesting partnership between NASA, NOAA and SpaceX to provide space access for important military and civilian experiments and also demonstrate the capabilities of Falcon Heavy's launch" said Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson of the US Air Force.

In addition to satellites, Falcon Heavy also carries NASA-made atomic clocks and human body ash. One of them is the ashes of astronaut Bill Pogue who died in 2014. The Falcon Heavy itself is called the strongest rocket in the world, with three boosters each having 9 engines. A total of 27 engines will light up simultaneously at launch. SpaceX says Falcon Heavy can lift loads up to 27 metric tons.


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