CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying a classified U.S. Space Force satellite (USSF 44) is scheduled to liftoff on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at 9:40 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time from Space Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
SpaceX has not launched a Falcon Heavy since 2019. The first test launch of a Falcon Heavy occurred in 2018.
The Falcon Heavy is essentially three Falcon 9 rockets attached to each other.
SpaceX tweeted the new launch date that was scheduled for a Halloween launch.
Static fire of Falcon Heavy complete; targeting Tuesday, November 1 for launch of the USSF-44 mission from Launch Complex 39A in Florida
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 28, 2022
Booster Rockets Ground Landing, Double Sonic Booms
After the booster separation from the core, SpaceX will attempt to land two Falcon Heavy booster rockets on land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Landing Zones 1 and 2.
Landing Zones 1 and 2 are built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 13, a Cold War-Era U.S. Air Force rocket and missile testing range last used in 1978.
Residents of the communities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Mims, Port Canaveral, Port St. John, Rockledge, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, and Titusville, Florida, are most likely to hear a sonic boom, although what Brevard County residents experience will depend on weather conditions and other factors.
No Attempted Core Rocket Landing On Drone Ship
Following stage separation, the core rocket of the Falcon Heavy is deemed expendable for the USSF 44 mission.