SpaceX Hopes to Impress Air Force With ‘Most Difficult Launch Ever’ Monday Night in Florida
Update: SpaceX has launched its Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read an updated version of this story here.
Original post: SpaceX is set to carry two dozen satellites into space Monday night aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket and spread them across the sky in a marathon mission that Chief Executive Elon Musk has described as the company’s “most difficult launch ever.”
The launch, commissioned by the U.S. Air Force, is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time (8:30 p.m. PT) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
If successful, it could bolster SpaceX’s case to win more Air Force contracts to launch sensitive military satellites.
A new batch of the contracts is up for grabs, and Hawthorne-based SpaceX is competing against longtime rival United Launch Alliance — a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. — as well as Northrop Grumman Corp. and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, which have never launched military satellites.
Read the full story on LATimes.com.