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SpaceX Successfully Launches Its First 2023 Mission

SpaceX's most powerful rocket took off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center (KSC)

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

UNITED STATES: In the first Falcon-heavy launch of the year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX carried out a special mission for the US Space Force (USSF).

From Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX’s most potent rocket was launched on Monday morning (KSC). The mission’s primary satellite, Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM 2 (CBAS-2), was launched into a geostationary orbit more than 35,000 kilometres above the planet.

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According to a spokeswoman, the satellite provides communications relay capabilities to help their high authorities and military leaders.

According to Space Force officials, the purpose of CBAS-2 is to enhance the military’s present satellite communication capabilities and continuously transmit military data using space-based satellite relay systems.

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Three modified Falcon-9 first stages are used to power the Falcon-Heavy, the company’s most powerful rocket.

The central booster, which is attached to the other two launchers, propels the cargo into the predetermined orbit around the planet.

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Five launches and eleven landings have been completed by the Falcon-Heavy so far. The Falcon Heavy is one of the most powerful operational rockets in the world, capable of launching 64 metric tonnes into orbit.

The 27 Merlin engines of the rocket generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust, or the equivalent of nearly 18,747 aircraft, at launch.

This was the second launch and landing of these Falcon Heavy side boosters, which had previously supported USSF-44, according to a SpaceX update.

At the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, the drone acquired an iconic image of the twin boosters returning to the launch pad as they touched down in Landing Zones 1 and 2, respectively.

According to a number of sources, the mission also carried the Long Duration Propulsive ESPA (LDPE)-3A payload adaptor, which has space for up to six tiny satellites. Five of those slots were reportedly filled.

Also Read: SpaceX to Launch 40 Satellites for OneWeb’s Internet Constellation on January 10

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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