SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy to Try Again for Launch of Satellite

The majestic test launch of the Falcon Heavy in February 2018 carried the ambitions of SpaceX and Elon Musk, the company’s founder and CEO, …

Are there more Falcon Heavy flights planned?

One more Falcon Heavy flight is scheduled for this year — a mission for the United States Air Force carrying 25 small satellites.

In addition, SpaceX has announced contracts for two Falcon Heavy launches of commercial satellites, and the company has won two competitions to use the rocket for national security missions.

Will Falcon Heavy go to the moon?

At present, no, but that answer could change.

In 2017, SpaceX announced that two space tourists would go on an around-the-moon trip in one of the company’s Crew Dragon capsules launched by a Falcon Heavy. But when the first Heavy reached the launchpad last year, SpaceX said it had decided not to go to the expense and effort of making the rocket safe enough for launching people.

The possibility of using the Falcon Heavy for lunar missions was revived last month by Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator, when he told a Senate committee that the big rocket that his agency is developing, the Space Launch System, would not be ready for its first test flight in 2020. NASA was looking into using commercial rockets as an alternative, he said.

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