After a gap of three years, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy rocket. The rocket, which took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA, was carrying two satellites for the US Space Force. But neither SpaceX nor the Space Force has released any information about what kind of satellites these are or what their mission is. Its main mission is believed to be monitoring the movements of adversaries in space. This is the first time that the US Space Force has launched a rocket for its purpose.
Falcon ‘Heavy’ is the most powerful rocket active in the world. The rocket is capable of carrying a weight of 16,800 kg to Mars. It was successfully launched in 2018 by the private company SpaceX. The launch was from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Musk used his Tesla Roadster car as the payload in this rocket. A doll named Starman was also kept inside the car. The whole world was filled with pictures of the car rotating in space.
Even then, it was estimated that the US military would be the main beneficiary of the Falcon Heavy project. This was because the military would be able to launch satellites of higher size and capacity.
It was US President Donald Trump who first called for the creation of a ‘Space Force’ as a new branch of the armed forces. He directed this proposal to the Pentagon. This step was to ensure America’s supremacy in space.
The proposal was to form the Space Force as the sixth branch of the US Armed Forces. He also stated that the US Air Force and Space Force will be separate but on equal footing. This special force came into existence in December 2019. It is currently the smallest military branch of the US military. Only 8400 soldiers are under it.
English Summary: SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket with first national security payload