For the first time, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy will attempt to transport itself into low Earth orbit Pentagon space plane. This is the seventh mission of this spacecraft, whose the goal is expand knowledge of the space environment and test new technologies.

The launch of the Falcon Heavy is scheduled for today, so Sunday, December 10 at 20:15 our time from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Both side boosters will attempt a vertical landing shortly after launch (Falcon Heavy is basically three Falcon 9 rockets joined together). The event will be broadcast live on SpaceX account on X.

For SpaceX, this will be the first launch of a space plane with the Falcon Heavy. This mission was supposed to launch years ago, but was delayed due to load issues and launch window availability.

The mission of USSF-52 will be carried out the X-37B space plane, a project developed from the earlier X-37A model produced by NASA in the late 1990s. An unmanned spacecraft is designed to make it possible to use repeatedly and to be able to return and land on traditional runways.

On its seventh mission, the X-37B will take off a NASA experiment called Seeds-2. This experiment will expose plant seeds to the harsh radiation environment of long-duration spaceflight and collect data important for future manned missions.

This mission will SpaceX’s 92nd mission for 2023, bringing it closer to CEO Elon Musk’s ambitious goal of 100 launches within a year. With a few weeks to go before the end of the year, the company appears to be well on its way to achieving this significant milestone.

Source: gizmodo.com