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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Falcon Heavy USSF-44 Launch Coverage

 SpaceX is targeting this morning at 9:41am Eastern Time for Falcon Heavy’s launch of the USSF-44 mission to a geosynchronous Earth orbit from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch window for today closes at 10:11am. A backup launch opportunity is available on Wednesday, November 2 at 9:37am Eastern Time. USSF-44 is a classified mission for the United States Space Force. The image included in this post is a SpaceX graphic showing the launch profile for this mission.

There will be 2 payloads on board this mission, a larger, unconfirmed satellite and a micro-satellite named TETRA-1. TETRA-1 is the first in a series of prototype GEO satellites being launched by the US Military which will test systems procedures for future satellites.

Following booster separation, Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters will land at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1 and LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Stats for this launch:

149th orbital launch attempt this year (all launch providers)

193rd overall mission for SpaceX

50th mission of 2022 for SpaceX

This will be the 4th time a Falcon Heavy has launched, and the first time this year one has launched. It has been 40 months since we've seen a Falcon Heavy launch.

A SpaceX webcast of this mission will begin about 15 minutes prior to liftoff. Below are links to youtube channels where you can watch the launch on.

Official SpaceX Webcast

NASA Spaceflight

Everyday Astronaut

Spaceflight Now


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