Subject to weather conditions and the usual last-minute technical glitches, SpaceX is planning to launch its next Falcon Heavy rocket on June 24, at 11.30pm local time. A planned launch date of June 22nd has slipped by two days.
The mission is for the US Air Force and its complex Space Test Programme which involves releasing 24 satellites into three separate deployment orbits. The mission requires four upper-stage engine burns which adds to the complexity.
This is the third ‘Heavy’ launch and SpaceX is understood to be re-using two side-boosters that were previously used to launch Arabsat-6A into orbit.