So what can we expect from it in this explosive year? Lets find out more in todays episode of great spacex. Welcome back to great spacex, if youre new dont forget to hit that subscribe button and click the bell to make sure you never miss any updates from us now without further ado lets start todays content, starship, spacexs flagship rocket is the biggest monster in the space industry. Today, which is designed to turn humanity into a multi planetary species, however, to assert its position in this money burning industry, it needs to fly first, but, unlike starship, falcon heavy has proven its power. The rocket is composed of three modified falcon 9 first stage, boosters connected side by side with a total of 27 merlin 1d engines that are capable of producing 5.1 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. Its missions are always impressive to watch, especially when spacex recovers. All three falcon cores with synchronized propulsive landings, falcon heavys demonstration flight test launched the iconic tesla roadster that carried the starman mannequin to orbit on february 6th of 2018 from the same florida pad used by nasas apollo missions. Yes, there is a literal car cruising out in our solar system. As of january 19th, the roadster is over 230 million miles from earth moving away from our planet at a speed of 11 ‘2 miles per hour. According to tracking data by where is roadster.com, the awe inspiring launch made falcon heavy the worlds most powerful operational rocket and the third highest capacity launch vehicle ever to reach orbit following nasas saturn v rocket and russias inertia rocket, which are no longer operational.
Music musk used to state that falcon heavy opens up a new class of payload. It can launch twice as much payload as any other rocket in the world. It can launch things right to pluto and beyond no stop needed what an extraordinary ability. Indeed, in addition, the remarkable flight also demonstrates a three core rocket that can reliably launch a heavy payload to space and for us falcon heavy absolutely is a feat whats more. Its launch cost is very cheap, just 90 million dollars per instant, the delta iv heavy. Meanwhile, can launch 32 tons into orbit and costs between 300 million to 500 million dollars per flight? It could be said that spacexs falcon 9 is one of the best choices in terms of cost, which begs the question why doesnt spacexs falcon heavy fly much despite possessing such great power? Well, you know what they say about great power. There has to be great demand. The first reason belongs to the market factor, especially the supply and demand issues of satellites. The falcon heavy is not only a heavy lift vehicle capable of carrying satellites up to a maximum of 64 tons into low earth orbit, but also its reusable. That makes it the most economical heavy lift rocket on the market. Even designing such an impressive amount of capacity such as this, they still cant take advantage of it as the weight of most satellites typically fall within the range of between 2 to 8 tons.
Making smaller rockets like the falcon 9 more suitable falcon 9 is a partially reusable two stage to orbit medium lift launch vehicle designed and manufactured by you guessed it spacex. This vehicle can lift payloads of up to 22 800 kilograms to leo 8 300 kilograms to geostationary transfer orbit when expended the price back in 2020 is 62 million dollars per launch cheaper than falcon heavys launch cost. Besides that, the expansion of the small satellite market has facilitated the private company rocket lab to thrive with its electron rocket. This tiny rocket is capable of launching payloads for less than 5 million dollars and due to the demand for such rockets, it has a busy schedule. As a result, there are only a few missions for falcon heavy. Another factor affecting flight schedules is the development of starship spacexs. Next gen spacecraft, as of 2020 elon musk, said starship is spacexs top priority. The spacecraft is designed to be a fully reusable vehicle that can support both crew and cargo configurations that can make trips to both earth orbit and deep space destinations, including the moon and mars. When paired with the super heavy rocket, booster spacex eventually wants to replace both falcon 9 and heavy with starship, which should reduce costs by unifying its production lines and offering full reusability. However, after being dormant for over two years, spacexs powerful, falcon heavy will conduct multiple missions. This year, most notably those launches will all lift off from the historic launch complex ‘a at nasas kennedy space center in florida.
The most exciting mission to look forward to will occur in august of 2022 spacex falcon heavy will launch nasas psych spacecraft on a robotic mission to explore a 140 miles wide metal. Rich asteroid called sixteen psych according to spacex, the mission for which nasa requires the highest level of launch vehicle. Reliability will study a metal asteroid between mars and jupiter to help humanity better understand the formation of our solar systems. Planets nasa is paying the company around 117 million dollars for launch services and other mission related costs. Moreover, falcon heavy will also conduct national security missions for the u.s space force. The first one is ussf 44, followed by dash 52 and dash 67 being the last spacex. Initially aimed to launch a falcon heavy flight for the ussf last year, however, u.s military representatives said that the mission has been delayed until 2022, due to payload readiness. For now, though, no target launch dates have been announced, yet the mission known as ussf 44 will deploy a pair of spacecraft directly into geosynchronous orbit, one being the militarys tetro one satellite and the other a classified payload. The company is looking to launch ussf 44 during the first half of 2022. Falcon heavy will also launch the ussf 52 that will deploy an undisclosed payload during the second quarter of 2022. The government will pay spacex over 130 million dollars per falcon heavy flight to conduct each national security mission. The military might also decide to launch the ussf 67 mission atop a falcon heavy rocket before the years end.
It will likely have a higher price tag because it will require new infrastructure, spacex agreed to build a vertical integration building and an increased rocket fairing size for future us military missions launched from the florida space coast. The addition of a third national security mission for falcon heavy will make quite a scheduling challenge for spacexs three core rocket, but its worth it in the end, whenever falcon heavy flies next, it will mark the vehicles first launch since june of 2019, and that will be A remarkable milestone, 2022 will be a promising year for spacex in general and falcon heavy in particular. So lets wait and see the explosive outcome and thats all the information we have for you today. If you enjoy what my team and i are doing and would like to continue supporting us in a huge way, you can become a patron through our patreon link in the description below and dont forget to tell us what you thought about todays content.