Epic SpaceX gives Falcon Heavy – the second trip to space for this rocket line – a series of NASA technology step closer to the journey itself into orbit.
Falcon Heavy conducted its first flight operation (11 April), launching a communication satellite Arabsat-6A as it successfully landed the three rockets – including the heart and the two boosters .
"We are delighted with the success of a heavy launch and the first stage by the Blue Blue Blue," said Jim Reuter, NASA's active associate administrator for its space technology mission directorate, in a statement ]. "We have important flight-ready technologies, and this success helps us on that path."
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NASA is planning to launch some experiments in space at the same time, with the aim of improving the design and performance of future spacecraft. The missions will come from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of the U. Air Force's Space-2 (STP-2) mission. The current deadline is targeted in June according to Spaceflight Now; In the same statement, NASA said that Air Force and SpaceX will prepare for the launch in the coming months.
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One of NASA's experiments relates to a pair of cubes, small and relatively cheap satellites about size bread box. These devices combine the Tandem Enhanced Beacon Experiment (E-TBEx) and measure how “bubbles” (or distortions) in the upper atmosphere affect radio signals and GPS. The agency hopes to predict these shocks better to improve future communications technologies
Also, the Heavy Falcon will mitigate NASA's Green Drives Infusion Mission, which will alter the traditional chemical propellant. used in rockets. It will test a new fuel / oxidizer blend called hydroxyl ammonium nitrate, which according to NASA is safer to handle and better for the environment than hydrazine, fuel of rocket engines ]  Rounding off The planned NASA cargo mission is the Deep Space Atomic Clock, a very accurate timepiece that is expected to improve navigation, and the Space Environment Testbeds device, which examines how radiation of Sun close to Earth
The Planet Society has arranged a non-profit payload that will also fly the heavy launch of STP-2 Heavy Falcon. This device, named LightSail will test a cubesat can turn into orbit of Earth using solar powered solar 344-square (32 square meters)