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    Default Falcon Heavy; US Space Force-44 spysat

    USSF-44 spysat

    Date: October 9, 2021
    Time: TBD
    Pad: LC-39A
    Recovery: 2 boosters on Just Read the Instructions and A Shortfall of Gravitas
    Orbit: direct insertion to geosynchronous orbit

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    Falcon Heavy will be flexing its muscles a bit; three direct to geostationary satellites at once. No GTO (geostationary transfer orbit), straight to 35,785 km (22,236 miles).

    USSF-44: a US spysat

    Aurora 4A: a commercial commsat

    TETRA-1: a tech demo microsat built by Boeing's Millennium Space Systems [read: Boeing Phantom Works] for USSF's Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Enterprise Consortium

    Date: October 9, 2021
    Time: TBA
    Pad: LC-39A
    Recovery: Expended center core. 2 boosters on Just Read the Instructions and A Shortfall of Gravitas
    Orbit: direct insertion to geosynchronous orbit

    Aurora 4A
    https://www.anchoragepress.com/news/...aade192f0.html

    TETRA-1
    https://www.satellitetoday.com/gover...dy-for-launch/
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    Falcon Heavy USSF-44 live stream

    Date: Nov 1

    Time: 0941 Eastern

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    Man, that landing of the boosters still is an amazing sight to me. Hadn't realised these were succesful number 150/151 already. Just like rockets, time flies.
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    Russia also did two lunches recently. A military spy satellite and Progress cargo to ISS. Despite the war ISS is still operating on cooperative basis.

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    And yes, the landing of boosters is amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umfriend View Post
    Man, that landing of the boosters still is an amazing sight to me. Hadn't realised these were succesful number 150/151 already. Just like rockets, time flies.
    As God and Robert A. Heinlein intended...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Mordrid View Post
    As God and Robert A. Heinlein intended...
    As can be read in the letters from Paul to the Russians (being the first to travel space)? I thought those were considered apocryphal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Umfriend View Post
    As can be read in the letters from Paul to the Russians (being the first to travel space)? I thought those were considered apocryphal?
    God & RAH will be getting a workout given Falcon Heavy will be flying rather frequently.

    Right now it's waiting for payloads to be completed, but it'll be flying not only DOD payloads but missions to the asteroid Psyche, Jovian Moon Europa, and multiple missions for the Artemis lunar program including parts for the Lunar Gateway station and the new Dragon XL for lunar cargo.

    It and Vulcan will be taking over for the Delta 4 Heavy, put carrying much larger payloads.

    Then comes Starship for the really big stuff. NASA says the first test flight should come next month.
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