SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy from Cape Canaveral



Now, as I mentioned earlier, today’s launch marks our second falcon heavy flight in just 11 weeks. And for those of you following along *** lot will happen in the first four minutes of flight and there you can see on your screen that the clamp arms have begun to open. Once those are fully open, the T. E. Can begin to retract away from the vehicle. Again, *** lot will happen in the first four minutes of flight. First we will light the two side boosters followed by the center core in about 40 seconds after liftoff. We will decrease power on the two side boosters to prepare for max Q after which falcon heavy will throttle back up to full power on the side boosters. Now, two minutes into flight, two minutes into flight, we will again reduce thrust on the two side boosters. This time to decrease forces on the rocket structure as the vehicle is now much lighter but thrust is constant. 2.5 minutes into flight. We will fully turn off the side boosters with booster engine cut off or what we call the pneumatic separation system. Getting good calls. I’m going to pause for for each one of those, the pneumatic separation system on the center core then unlocks the two side boosters and pushes them away. Now, once we clear, once we are clear of the side boosters, the center core throttles up to full power until the and of course shuts down with main engine cut off or what we call Miko and then separates from the second stage around the four minute mark and as *** reminder, we will not be attempting to recover the center court today as the mission requires more power, more performance. Now, for those of you looking closely, this is why you don’t see any landing legs or grid fins on the center core and from this point on, very similar to Falcon nine to *** falcon nine mission, the side boosters will be making their way back down to earth for recovery. The fairing will separate and the second stage will take the ussF 67 payload out into space. Now, as *** reminder at the request of our customer, we will not be showing views of the payload. So we will be ending the webcast just after our side boosters, just after our side boosters make their way back down to land on landing zone one and landing zone to *** little after the T plus eight minute mark into flight. And as we’ve mentioned before, launch is hard and Falcon heavy is no exception. We are essentially counting down three rockets simultaneously. So our team is going to be conservative in case anything pops up in the last couple of minutes of the countdown. Now, for some reason we don’t launch today, we do have *** backup opportunity tomorrow at the same time and we did also hear those call outs that propellant loading is now complete on Falcon Heavy. So we are now going to vent out the liquid oxygen line on the transporter erector. Next up will be Falcon in Falcon heavy in startup And that will be at the T -1 minute mark. That’s where the internal flight computers take over the launch countdown. Falcon Heavy isn’t startup and great news. Falcon Heavy now and start up. We’re now just waiting for the final call from the launch director. Sure. This is the mission director, go for launch and excellent news. All systems are go for launch of Falcon Heavy with ussF 67 T -30 seconds 15 seconds t minus 10 987654321 engine, full power and lift off of U. S. S. M 67. Go Falcon heavy, go to space force Mr chamber pressures are nominal T plus 40 seconds into flight. Under the power of £5 million of thrust. Falcon Heavy is headed to space. We did throttle down the engines around the t plus 42nd mark in preparation for maX Q. And great call out there that we have passed through maX Q. That’s the largest mechanical stress on the vehicle on ascent. An incredible incredible views there on your screen. Falcon heavy in flight. Next events coming up will be booster engine cut off or biko followed by separation of the side boosters and followed by their side booster boost back burns and then we’ll be center core main engine cut off or what we call. Nico. And those events coming up here, just under *** minute away, that will be biko, that’s where the booster. The side boosters engines will shut down the center core will push those side boosters away from the vehicle. Then those two side boosters can begin to make their way back down to earth with their boost back burns and on your right hand screen you could see the views from each of those side boosters. Really incredible views here again, we will have biko side boost or boost back burn followed by main engine cut off of the center core here in just *** few seconds, side booster separation, core booster startup incredible views. We just had biko and separation of the side boosters and you can see on your left hand screen that the side boosters have lit back up, They are now in their boost back burn, making their way back down to earth. Those side boosters are returning to florida under the power of three engines, that’s three of the nine M one D engines. So next up will be the conclusion. Next up will be the conclusion of those side booster boost back burns followed by Mikko on the center core as well as stage separation of the center court and the second stage and then SCS one or second stage engine start one. As I mentioned previously, per the request of our customer, we won’t be showing second stage views after SCS one. Additionally, our center core or stage one is expendable today so we will not be attempting to recover that vehicle. But we should have some great views like we are seeing right now, should have some great views of the side boosters touching down for landing.

SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy from Cape Canaveral

SpaceX completed the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket from the Space Coast. With five million pounds of thrust, experts say the Heavy is the largest and most powerful rocket available – aside from NASA’s SLS big moon rocket that just had its first test mission. “It has the ability to put satellites into orbit that pretty much no other rocket can come close to,” Don Platt of Florida Tech said.Essentially, the Heavy is three Falcon 9 boosters lined up next to each other and connected. And that makes it a much more complex rocket to launch and control.“There are so many more engines. There’s so much more plumbing. But then there’s also more software, there’s different control algorithms that are used to make sure the rocket stays on track. So, in some aspects, it’s probably more than three times more difficult,” Platt said.And one of those difficult aspects is also one of the most spectacular to watch when the two side boosters land vertically on Landing Zones One and Two just seconds apart.The core booster uses all its fuel to carry the payload further out and that’s part of the reason why the Falcon Heavy is in a class by itself.Like the last mission in November, it carried payloads for the U.S. Space Force into deep GEO orbit.The rocket lifted off around 6 p.m. Sunday, and the launch was a breathtaking view.This is the fifth Falcon Heavy launch and there are four more planned for this year. Other top headlines: Woman dead after domestic altercation in Orange County, deputies sayWoman celebrates 113th birthday in Volusia CountyMan killed, woman seriously injured in Orange County crash

SpaceX completed the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket from the Space Coast.

With five million pounds of thrust, experts say the Heavy is the largest and most powerful rocket available – aside from NASA’s SLS big moon rocket that just had its first test mission.

“It has the ability to put satellites into orbit that pretty much no other rocket can come close to,” Don Platt of Florida Tech said.

Essentially, the Heavy is three Falcon 9 boosters lined up next to each other and connected. And that makes it a much more complex rocket to launch and control.

“There are so many more engines. There’s so much more plumbing. But then there’s also more software, there’s different control algorithms that are used to make sure the rocket stays on track. So, in some aspects, it’s probably more than three times more difficult,” Platt said.

And one of those difficult aspects is also one of the most spectacular to watch when the two side boosters land vertically on Landing Zones One and Two just seconds apart.

The core booster uses all its fuel to carry the payload further out and that’s part of the reason why the Falcon Heavy is in a class by itself.

Like the last mission in November, it carried payloads for the U.S. Space Force into deep GEO orbit.

The rocket lifted off around 6 p.m. Sunday, and the launch was a breathtaking view.

This is the fifth Falcon Heavy launch and there are four more planned for this year.

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