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
    $90000000
  • 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 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.

Upcoming Spaceflights


Falcon Heavy | ViaSat-3 Americas

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
TBD March, 2023
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 B1053 - Flight Proven ( ) Unknown B1052 - Flight Proven ( ) Unknown
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Falcon Heavy | USSF-52

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
TBD April, 2023
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

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

B1064 - Flight Proven ( ) Just Read the Instructions Unknown FH - Maiden Flight Atlantic B1065 - Flight Proven ( ) A Shortfall of Gravitas
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Falcon Heavy | Jupiter-3

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
TBD May, 2023
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Geostationary communications satellite built by Maxar Technologies for EchoStar. With a capacity of 500 Gbps, its purpose is to relieve broadband capacity constraints in the Americas.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Falcon Heavy | Psyche

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
TBD October, 2023
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.

Heliocentric N/A
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Falcon Heavy | GOES-U

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
TBD April, 2024
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
TBD May, 2024
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
TBD October, 2024
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 Unknown FH - Maiden Flight Atlantic Unknown FH - Maiden Flight Atlantic Unknown FH - Maiden Flight Atlantic
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Falcon Heavy | VIPER

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
TBD November, 2024
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 | Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
TBD October, 2026
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is a NASA infrared space telescope with a 2.4 m (7.9 ft) wide field of view primary mirror and two scientific instruments. The Wide-Field Instrument (WFI) is a 300.8-megapixel multi-band visible and near-infrared camera, providing a sharpness of images comparable to that achieved by the Hubble Space Telescope over a 0.28 square degree field of view, 100 times larger than imaging cameras on the Hubble. The Coronagraphic Instrument (CGI) is a high-contrast, small field of view camera and spectrometer covering visible and near-infrared wavelengths using novel starlight-suppression technology. Roman objectives include a search for extra-solar planets using gravitational microlensing, and probing the expansion history of the Universe and the growth of cosmic structure, with the goal of measuring the effects of dark energy, the consistency of general relativity, and the curvature of spacetime.

Sun-Earth L2
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Falcon Heavy | USSF-67

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Jan. 15, 2023, 10:56 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Government/Top Secret

USSF-67 is a mission for the United States Space Force with two satellites, including the LDPE-3A rapid prototype platform hosting 5 USSF payloads.

Geostationary Orbit B1070 - Maiden Flight Atlantic B1065 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 1 B1064 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 2
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Falcon Heavy | USSF-44

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Nov. 1, 2022, 1:41 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Classified US Space Force carrying two payloads directly to geostationary orbit. One is called the Shepherd Demonstration, and the other is LDPE 2 spacecraft that carries three hosted payloads and three deployable sub-satellites. One of them is an experimental microsatellite called TETRA-1.

Geostationary Orbit B1065 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 2 B1064 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 1 B1066 - Maiden Flight Atlantic
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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 B1052 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 1 B1057 - Maiden Flight Of Course I Still Love You B1053 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 2
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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 B1055 - Maiden Flight Of Course I Still Love You B1053 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 2 B1052 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 1
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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 B1023 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 1 B1025 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 2 B1033 - Maiden Flight Of Course I Still Love You
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Falcon 9
Success
4 days, 9 hours ago
Starlink Group 5-2
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 56 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


H-IIA 202
Success
4 days, 16 hours ago
IGS Radar-7
Yoshinobu Launch Complex - Tanegashima, Japan

The IGS-Radar 7 is a Japanese radar reconnaissance satellite. The satellite is operated by the Cabinet Satellite Information Center. The satellite se…


Electron
Success
5 days, 19 hours ago
Virginia is for Launch Lovers
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 2 (Launch Area 0 C) - Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Rideshare mission with 3 HawkEye 360 satellites and other payloads.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Starlink Group 2-4
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

A batch of satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
GPS III SV06
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

GPS-IIIA (Global Positioning System) is the first evolution stage of the third generation of the GPS satellites. It consists of the first ten (known …