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USSF-44

Falcon Heavy

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

USSF-44

Type: Government/Top Secret
Launch Cost: $90,000,000

Classified US Space Force carrying two payloads directly to geostationary orbit. One is called the Shepherd Demonstration, and the other is LDPE 2 spacecraft that carries three hosted payloads and three deployable sub-satellites. One of them is an experimental microsatellite called TETRA-1.

Trajectory

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Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

214 rockets have launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon Heavy – SpaceX

  • Family: Falcon
  • Length: 70 m
  • Diameter: 12.2 m
  • Launch Mass: 1400 T
  • Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 63800 kg

The Falcon Heavy was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2018-02-06. Falcon Heavy has 5 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 5 launches. The Falcon Heavy is a variant of the Falcon 9 full thrust launch vehicle and consists of a standard Falcon 9 rocket core, with two additional boosters derived from the Falcon 9 first stage.

Strap-On Booster Landing

B1065 has successfully landed on LZ-2 after its first flight.

Landing Zone 2 – LZ-2

LZ-2 Pad located at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at the previous LC-13. Directly next to LZ-1

Return to Launch Site – RTLS

A return to launch site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site, landing near where it initially launched from.

Strap-On Booster Landing

B1064 has successfully landed on LZ-1 after its first flight.

Landing Zone 1 – LZ-2

LZ-1 Pad located at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at the previous LC-13

Return to Launch Site – RTLS

A return to launch site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site, landing near where it initially launched from.

Core Landing

B1066 was expended.

Atlantic – LZ-2

The Atlantic ocean on the East coast of the United States is a common landing area for expended boosters.

Ocean – Ocean

Typically indicates a landing in which the booster is not recovered.

Agency

SpaceX – SpX

  • Type: Commercial
  • Abbreviation: SpX
  • Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
  • Founded: 2002
  • Launchers: Falcon | Starship
  • Spacecraft: Dragon
  • Country: USA

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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