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  • Writer's picturePrabhjot Singh Maan

SpaceX fires up huge Falcon Heavy rocket ahead of Nov. 1 launch


On Thursday, the potent rocket successfully completed a static fire test (Oct. 27).


SpaceX's huge Falcon Heavy rocket just breathed fire for the first time in more than three years.


On Thursday night, SpaceX reported through Twitter(opens in new tab) that the Falcon Heavy had successfully completed a "static fire" test on Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida (Oct. 27).


A typical prelaunch test involves lighting the first-stage engines of a rocket for a brief period of time while the vehicle is still attached to the ground.



According to a tweet from SpaceX on Thursday, the Heavy is still on schedule to launch the USSF-44 mission for the American Space Force on Tuesday (Nov. 1).


For USSF-44, who had been aiming for a "no earlier than" date of October 31, a Tuesday objective is a little setback.


The Falcon Heavy's fourth launch overall and its first since June 2019 will be USSF-44.


The Space Force will use the massive rocket to launch two satellites, but nothing is known about the payloads or their intended uses.



"This launch culminates years of effort by a dedicated team comprised of mission­-focused people from across the U.S. Space Force and SpaceX," Brig. Gen. Stephen Purdy, the Space Force's program executive officer for assured access to space, said in an emailed statement on Thursday. 

"The Falcon Heavy is an important element of our overall lift capability, and we're very excited to be ready for launch," he added. 

Edited By: Prabhjot Singh Maan ( LinkedIn ).

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