Falcon Heavy Launches USSF-67, Readies for Busy 2023

January 16, 2023

America Space:

Less than a week, it seems, is turning into a long time between SpaceX launches. Following two flawless Falcon 9 flights earlier this month—the 114-strong Transporter-6 rideshare mission on 3 January and last Monday’s 40-strong batch of broadband internet satellites for London, England-headquartered OneWeb—the triple-barreled Falcon Heavy returned spectacularly to active service on Sunday evening, laden with the highly secretive USSF-67 payload for the U.S. Space Force.

Following a full-duration static fire last Monday, the giant rocket speared away from historic Pad 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 5:56 p.m. EST Sunday, a few minutes after local sunset. Aboard the Falcon Heavy for her fifth flight in just shy of five years was USSF-67, for which launch services contracts worth $316 million were awarded to SpaceX back in August 2020.

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