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Rocket Launch: NET June 22, 2019 | SpaceX Falcon Heavy Space Test Program-2

Jun 22, 2019 Kennedy Space Center LC-39A SpaceX Falcon Heavy Space Test Program-2


The United States Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2, or STP-2, will send about 24 satellites into space for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Numerous science investigations will also launch aboard the rocket:

  • Multiple NASA technologies, such as a satellite to test non-toxic fuel for spacecraft and an advanced atomic clock for navigation improvements
  • Weather research satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • CubeSat missions, including two that will work with the weather satellites to measure radio signal distortions when passing through the upper atmosphere
  • Air Force Research Laboratory with NASA instruments to research how weather and radiation in space impacts spacecraft electronics

STP-2 will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The Air Force plans to reuse the side boosters from the previous Falcon Heavy launch, Arabsat-6A, making STP-2 the first mission to reuse flight-proven Falcon Heavy boosters.

Launch Viewing

Witness liftoff from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex! Launch viewing opportunities may be offered from the main visitor complex or from viewing locations behind NASA’s gates with a Launch Transportation Ticket (LTT). The visitor complex may open launch viewing opportunities based on the launch’s public date and time. At this time, no LTTs are available for this launch. If offered, LTTs are sold as soon as possible after a confirmed date and time is publicized. If/when they are available, tickets may be purchased online under the VIP Launch Viewing tab on the Tickets page.

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Availability of upcoming viewing opportunities is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to NASA and U.S. Air Force approval. Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A launching from Launch Complex 39A in March 2019

Rocket Launch: NET June 22, 2019 | SpaceX Falcon Heavy Space Test Program-2

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