Falcon Heavy

Active Re-Usable Falcon

SpaceX (SpX)

Feb. 6, 2018

Description

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.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    70.0 m
  • Diameter
    12.2 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    1400 T
  • Thrust
    22819 kN
  • Apogee (Sub-Orbital)
    200 km
Family
  • Name
    Falcon Heavy
  • Family
    Falcon
  • Variant
    Heavy
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon Heavy
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $90,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    63800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    26700 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

SpaceX

Commercial
CEO: Elon Musk
SpX 2002

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 has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

Upcoming Spaceflights


Falcon Heavy | USSF-44

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Feb. 28, 2022, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Classified US Space Force carrying two payloads directly to geostationary orbit. The two side boosters will attempt the first double droneship landing, while the center core will be expended.

Geostationary Orbit B1064 - Maiden Flight Unknown B1065 - Maiden Flight Unknown B1066 - Maiden Flight Atlantic
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Falcon Heavy | ViaSat-3 series satellite

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
April 30, 2022, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Communications

The ViaSat-3 is a series of three Ka-band satellites is expected to provide vastly superior capabilities in terms of service speed and flexibility for a satellite platform. Each ViaSat-3 class satellite is expected to deliver more than 1-Terabit per second of network capacity, and to leverage high levels of flexibility to dynamically direct capacity to where customers are located.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Falcon Heavy | USSF-52

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
June 30, 2022, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Falcon Heavy | Psyche, EscaPADE and Janus

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Aug. 31, 2022, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Planetary Science

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. This launch also includes two secondary payloads: Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (EscaPADE), which will study the Martian atmosphere, and Janus, which will study binary asteroids.

Heliocentric N/A
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Falcon Heavy | USSF-67

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Sept. 1, 2022, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Government/Top Secret

USSF-67 is a mission for the United States Space Force.


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Falcon Heavy | VIPER

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Sept. 30, 2023, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Lunar Exploration

NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, is a mobile robot that will go to the South Pole of the Moon to get a close-up view of the location and concentration of water ice that could eventually be harvested to sustain human exploration on the Moon, Mars — and beyond. VIPER represents the first resource mapping mission on another celestial body.

Lunar Orbit
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Falcon Heavy | GOES-U

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
April 30, 2024, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S Series (GOES-S) is the second of the next generation of geostationary weather satellites. The four satellites of the series will provide advanced imaging with increased spatial resolution and faster coverage for more accurate forecasts, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Falcon Heavy | Gateway PPE & HALO

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
May 31, 2024, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Human Exploration

The Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) are the foundational elements of NASA's lunar-orbiting space station "Gateway". The PPE is a 60-kilowatt class solar electric propulsion spacecraft that also will provide power, high-speed communications, attitude control and the capability to move the Gateway to different lunar orbits. The HALO is the pressurized living quarters where astronauts who visit the Gateway, often on their way to the Moon, will work. It will provide command and control and serve as the docking hub for the outpost. HALO will support science investigations, distribute power, provide communications for visiting vehicles and lunar surface expeditions, and supplement the life support systems aboard Orion, NASA’s spacecraft that will deliver Artemis astronauts to the Gateway.

Lunar Orbit
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Falcon Heavy | Europa Clipper

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Oct. 1, 2024, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Planetary Science

Europa Clipper is the first dedicated mission to study Jupiter's moon Europa. Mission is developed by NASA and comprises of an orbiter spacecraft, which, while in orbit around Jupiter, will perform numerous flybys over Europa. Europa Clipper payload suit included high-resolution cameras and spectrometers for imaging Europa's surface and thin atmosphere, an ice-penetrating radar to search for subsurface water, and a magnetometer and gravity measurements to measure the moon's magnetic field and unlock clues about its ocean and deep interior.

Heliocentric N/A
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Falcon Heavy | STP-2

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
June 25, 2019, 6:30 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

The STP-2 payload is composed of 25 small spacecraft. Included is COSMIC-2 constellation to provide radio occultation data, along with 8 cubesat nanosatellites. Other payloads include LightSail carried by the Prox-1 nanosatellite, Oculus-ASR nanosatellite, GPIM and the Deep Space Atomic Clock.

Low Earth Orbit #STP2 B1053 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 2 B1052 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 1 B1057 - Maiden Flight Of Course I Still Love You
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Falcon Heavy | Arabsat-6A

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
April 11, 2019, 10:35 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

Arabsat-6A is a Saudi Arabian communications satellite to be positioned at 30.5°East orbital slot. Arabsat-6A was built by Lockheed Martin for Arabsat and will deliver TV, internet and mobile phone services to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit #ArabSat6A B1052 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 1 B1053 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 2 B1055 - Maiden Flight Of Course I Still Love You
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Falcon Heavy | Demo (Test Flight)

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Feb. 6, 2018, 8:45 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Test Flight

This will be the inaugural flight of the Falcon Heavy. The test payload will be SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination: An elliptical, heliocentric orbit. Apoapsis: Around Mars' orbital distance.

Heliocentric N/A B1033 - Maiden Flight Of Course I Still Love You B1025 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 2 B1023 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 1
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Nuri
Failure
1 day, 15 hours ago
Flight Test
LC-2 - Naro Space Center, South Korea

Maiden flight of the KSLV-II "Nuri" launch vehicle, carrying a dummy Payload of 1500 kg to sun-synchronous orbit.


Atlas V 401
Success
6 days, 13 hours ago
Lucy
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Lucy is the first mission to explore and study Trojan asteroids. The Trojans are a type of asteroids that orbit the Sun in two groups, in front of an…


Long March 2
Success
1 week ago
Shenzhou 13
Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Second crewed flight to the Chinese Tiangong space station carrying Zhai Zhigang, commander, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, operators, on their second, …


Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
Xihe (CHASE)
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Xihe, also known as the Chinese Hα Solar Explorer (CHASE), is designed to test a newly developed satellite platform and conduct solar observations. T…


Soyuz 2.1b
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
OneWeb 11
Cosmodrome Site 1S - Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation

A batch of 36 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Internet broadband service for individual consum…