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Falcon Heavy to finally launch again?

After three years of delays due to payload issues, it now appears that the next Falcon Heavy launch will likely occur near the end of October.

The tentative date is October 28th, but this is not yet confirmed. Though a manifest of a half dozen Falcon Heavy launches has existed since 2019, and most were originally scheduled for launch in 2020-2021, none has taken place, all supposedly because of payload delays not issues with the rocket itself.

SpaceX officials are now saying that it plans to complete six Falcon Heavy launches within the next twelve months. Two are for the military, three for commercial communications companies, and the last is the Psyche mission for NASA. This last launch is delayed because of software issues discovered in June, only a few weeks before launch. Whether it can fix these issues in time for a new July 2023 launch window remains questionable.

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6 comments

  • Ray Van Dune

    Apparently Elon wanted to cancel the Heavy several times, but Gwen said no. Business-wise, he was probably right, but it sure has come in handy for delivering serious muscle that other rockets were originally supposed to provide. Gotta love that beast!

    I loved his definition of “success” for the first FH test flight: “Success will be that it gets far enough away from the launch pad to not destroy it, before it blows up.” He may well have a similar definition in mind for the first Starship flight, and this rocket will probably have two chances to destroy the pad, one going and one coming back!!

  • Jhon B

    I am looking forward to this one.

  • David Ross

    I think time may for SpaceX to ban more customers.
    The US Government needs to be moving to reusable Starship for this work, not for the inefficient and wasteful Falcon Heavy.

  • sippin_bourbon

    David Ross,

    It would be impractical to move to a system that has not flown yet, when there is a proven system currently on the table.

  • Ray Van Dune

    It would impede the development of space exploration to forego the use of Falcon Heavy: SpaceX currently has no production heavy-lift competitor that is even partially reusable. Thus FH allows the space industry to launch heavy payloads cost-effectively today, while preparing for the ability to launch super-heavy payloads even more economically on 100% reusable platforms.

  • pzatchok

    The heavy is economical even if they just crash the two side rockets.
    They could use their oldest ones just for the heavy launches. The ones past 10 launches already.

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