As we all know that SpaceX is all set to deliver another mission in association with NASA which is scheduled on June 24. SpaceX will be delivering 24 satellites in the low orbit of the Earth along with some other essential equipment such as the Deep Space Atomic Clock. STP-2 satellites are made in the collaboration with USAF, Department of Defense (DoD) research labs, NASA, NOAA, and a few US universities. It is going to be SpaceX second delivery mission with Falcon Heavy Block 5 rocket. The first launch of the Falcon Heavy Block 5 rocket was on April 11.

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SpaceX even created a separate website which is dedicated to STP-2  in which they have mentioned every detail of the spacecraft including the technical details of the mission. As per the website. “The STP-2 mission will be among the most challenging launches in SpaceX history with four separate upper-stage engine burns, three separate deployment orbits, a final propulsive passivation maneuver and a total mission duration of over six hours. In addition, the U.S. Air Force plans to reuse side boosters from the Arabsat 6A Falcon Heavy launch, recovered after a return to launch site [RTLS] landing, making it the first reused Falcon Heavy ever flown for the U.S. Air Force.

[STP-2] will demonstrate the capabilities of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle and provide critical data supporting certification for future National Security Space Launch (NSSL) missions. In addition, [the Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC)] will use this mission as a pathfinder for the development of mission assurance policies and procedures related to the reuse of launch vehicle boosters.“ The setup of the spacecraft is in process and will be soon loaded with the necessary equipment that it is going to carry. Now, everyone is waiting for SpaceX to share the official pictures of the spacecraft.


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