SpaceX’s newest rocket is headed to the Kennedy Space Centre’s Kennedy Space Research Center on Wednesday, where it will undergo tests before it is installed on the International Space Station.
The rocket, dubbed Falcon 9R, is a launch vehicle designed to fly heavier payloads into orbit.
SpaceX has been working on a launch system for a few years, but this is the first time that the rocket is scheduled to go into orbit and is designed to use its powerful Merlin engines to lift heavier payload into orbit for a longer period of time.
The Falcon 9 rocket will be the first Falcon 9 to be used to launch the International Telecommunications Satellite System, or ITSS, and is also slated to carry payloads for the International Telecommunication Union.
SpaceX plans to begin operations in 2024, with a launch in 2025 being the earliest possible date.
“This is a significant milestone for SpaceX and our mission to send humans into space, and a milestone for all of humanity as we begin to put a human on the moon,” said Elon Musk, chief executive officer of SpaceX.
“Our plan for a fully reusable vehicle for spaceflight is to fly three satellites on the Falcon 9, and this will provide a very safe, affordable, and reliable launch option for our customers.”
A video released by SpaceX shows a Falcon 9 launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 16, 2019.
The company’s plans for a reusable rocket and spacecraft have been a long time in the making.
Musk and his team at SpaceX have long said that they would need to be able to return to Earth safely.
They also have a long history of success in space, with its first spacecraft, the Falcon 1, being sent to the space station in 2009.
“We’ve been working for years on the design and development of the Falcon Heavy, which will carry the heaviest payloads in history into space,” said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in a statement.
“Now, with the Falcon 10, we can move forward and bring this vision to fruition.”
SpaceX’s first mission is the Mars 2020 rover.
It will be carrying a robotic arm to test the capabilities of the rover’s landing gear, which has been modified to provide a way for it to take pictures of the Red Planet.
The robot arm is part of the first stage of the rocket, and it will be launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The mission will be about eight months, starting on October 3.
The first Falcon Heavy rocket launch will take place in late 2018, from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where the company will use the Atlas V rocket for the first launch.
SpaceX is also building a new launch site for its next Falcon Heavy launch, which is expected to occur sometime between 2019 and 2020.
“In 2017, we launched Falcon 9 from Kennedy, Florida and successfully tested the first two stages of the engine, but it was our third launch that was the real highlight,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.
“The Falcon Heavy is our first mission and the first flight to send two humans into orbit,” he said.
SpaceX’s latest launch was scheduled to take place on July 20, 2019, but the launch was delayed until the next day.
The launch will be performed by a new rocket called Falcon Heavy-1, which also will be powered by a Merlin engine, and the company is looking to be ready for that mission by November 2019.