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SpaceX

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

A Mission to a Metal World

The Psyche mission will explore, for the first time ever, an asteroid made not of rock or ice, but of metal. The mission will investigate planet formation.

Psyche

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Overview

Destination: Heliocentric N/A
Mission: Planetary Science

Heliocentric N/A Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA Probability: 85%
B1065 - Landing Zone 2 B1064 - Landing Zone 1 B1079 - Atlantic Ocean

Psyche is a NASA interplanetary mission to visit the main belt asteroid of the same name, 16 Psyche. Spacecraft will take 4 years and one Mars flyby to reach the asteroid, which is of particular interest due to being comprised mostly of iron and nickel. Psyche is theorized to be a remnant of an early planet's core, and may offer insights into how solar system formed and evolved. The mission is led by Arizona State University, with NASA JPL being responsible for mission management and operations.

Telemetry

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Updates

Cosmic_Penguin • Oct. 13, 2023, 3:29 p.m.

Launch success, signals acquired.


Cosmic_Penguin • Oct. 13, 2023, 2:19 p.m.

Liftoff.


LL2 • Oct. 13, 2023, 1:31 p.m.

Livestream has started


Falcon Heavy

Family:
Configuration: Heavy

The Falcon Heavy is a variant of the Falcon 9 full thrust launch vehicle and consists of a standard Falcon 9 rocket core, with two additional boosters derived from the Falcon 9 first stage.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    70.0 m
  • Diameter
    12.2 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    1400 T
  • Thrust
    22819 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon Heavy
  • Family
  • Variant
    Heavy
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon Heavy
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $90000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    63800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    26700 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


B1065

Status: Active


Type: Strap-On Booster
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: November 1, 2022
Last Flight: December 29, 2023
Flights: 5
Landings Attempted: 5
Landings Successful: 5
Previous B1065 Flights

Landing Information

B1065 has landed on LZ-2 after its 4th flight.

Result: Successful Return to Launch Site landing at Landing Zone 2.

B1064

Status: Active


Type: Strap-On Booster
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: November 1, 2022
Last Flight: December 29, 2023
Flights: 5
Landings Attempted: 5
Landings Successful: 5
Previous B1064 Flights

Landing Information

B1064 has landed on LZ-1 after its 4th flight.

Result: Successful Return to Launch Site landing at Landing Zone 1.

B1079


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
First Flight: October 13, 2023
Last Flight: October 13, 2023
Flights: 1

Landing Information

B1079 was expended after its first flight.

Core will be expended.

SpaceX

SpaceX

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 362 Failures: 11 Pending: 132

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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