SpaceX launches a strong rocket for an unidentified military mission – On Sunday, SpaceX successfully launched a secret mission for the US Space Force using its most potent operational rocket.
Only the fifth Falcon Heavy rocket launch in history, the USSF-67 mission blasted out from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:56 p.m. local time.
In order to keep the payload’s ultimate orbital position a secret, the private space company withheld information about the cargo and interrupted the launch live stream after the boosters separated.
The payload comprises “two operational prototypes for improved situational awareness and an operational prototype crypto/interface encryption payload providing secure space-to-ground communications capabilities,” according to officials from Space Force’s Space Rapid Capabilities Office (SRCO).
In order to serve “top leaders and combatant commanders,” the main satellite will be placed in a geostationary orbit 35,700 kilometres above the Earth, according to the US government agency. It will act as a communication relay.
Prior to November of last year, when NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) overtook it when it launched for the Artemis 1 mission, the Falcon Heavy rocket, which is made up of three modified versions of its Falcon 9 rocket, was the most powerful rocket ever launched with a maximum thrust capacity of 5 million pounds (2.3 million kg).
When SpaceX attempts the first-ever launch of its Starship and Super Heavy Booster rocket stack from its Starbase facility in Texas, it will have the opportunity to surpass NASA’s record as early as next month.
With 33 Raptor engines burning simultaneously, the Super Heavy rocket is expected to provide 7.25 million kg of thrust—nearly twice as much as NASA’s SLS.
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