SpaceX and the Department of Defense are targeting no earlier than Monday, June 24 at 11:30 p.m. EDT to launch the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission. A Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with about two dozen satellites aboard, including four NASA missions. The NASA technology demonstrations and science missions will help improve future spacecraft design and performance.
Learn more about the exciting NASA space tech launching on the Falcon Heavy later this month:
- Deep Space Atomic Clock – a navigation payload hosted on General Atomics Orbital Test Bed satellite
- Green Propellant Infusion Mission – a small satellite that will demonstrate a non-toxic fuel and propulsion system
- Space Environment Testbeds – instruments hosted on the Air Force Research Lab’s Demonstration and Science Experiments spacecraftto study how to protect satellites in space
- Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment – twin CubeSats to study disruptions of signals that pass-through Earth’s upper atmosphere