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Commercial spaceflight company SpaceX will launch the new Falcon Heavy rocket with the Space Test Program-2 mission for the Department of Defense (DoD), from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA. The payload is composed of 25 small spacecraft.

The Space Test Program (STP) is the primary provider of spaceflight for the United States Department of Defense (DoD) space science and technology community. STP is conducted by the Advanced Systems and Development Directorate, a directorate of the Space and Missile Systems Center of the United States Air Force.

Included is COSMIC-2, a cluster of six satellites, with a mass of 277.8 kg each. The primary role of the COSMIC-2 satellite constellation is to provide radio occultation data with an average latency of 45 minutes. The six satellites will be placed on an orbit with an inclination of 24 to 28.5 degrees with six separate orbital planes with 60 degree separation between them. The payload stack will be integrated using EELV Secondary Payload Adapter. Two ESPA Grande rings will be used to mount the six COSMIC-2 satellites beneath the ESPA ring hosting the DSX payload and avionics modules.

STP-2 will also host several CubeSats, including E-TBEx, PSAT, TEPCE, and ELaNa 15 CubeSats. LightSail 2 will be carried by the Prox-1 nanosatellite. Other satellites and payloads include Oculus-ASR nanosatellite, GPIM, and the Deep Space Atomic Clock.

  • SpaceX Live Show Starts
  • Lift Off!
  • Two Side Boosters Cut Off and Separation
  • Two Side Boosters Landing on Landing Complex One
  • Core Booster Cut Off and Separation
  • Core Booster Landing on Floating Landing Platform “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Second Ignition of the Second Stage

Related channels: ROCKET LAUNCHES & LANDINGS, SPACEX NEWS, SATELLITES & CUBESATS


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