USSF Says SpaceX Falcon 9 Spacecraft Expected to Complete Design Validation by July Written 29 April 2020


SpaceX Falcon Heavy | Associated Press–©

Spaceflight Now reports that the US Space Force (USSF) “expects to complete design validation on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket by July, ahead of the launch of the military’s first high-priority national security mission on the heavy-lifter late this year.” The mission, called USSF-44, involves the launch of “two payloads into a circular geosynchronous orbit more than 22,000 miles above the equator.” One of the two USSF-44 mission payloads is a TETRA 1 microsatellite built by Millennium Space Systems. Col. Robert Bongiovi “said the TETRA 1 microsatellite was created to ‘prototype missions and tactics, techniques and procedures in and around geosynchronous Earth orbit.’”
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