SpaceX Falcon Heavy will carry the remains of 152 people into space

The DSX experiment is part of the Falcon Heavy's STP-2 payload. Image Credit SpaceX

The launch will elevate SpaceX's role with the military for complex national security missions, which have been dominated for years by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

One of the world's most popular mechanical engineers, Bill Nye, will use the Falcon to send his LightSail 2 to orbit, trying to prove humans could use the Sun's light to generate thrust in space. The rocket is set to deploy satellites in three different orbits.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, dispatched Tesla at the first launch of the rocket in 2018 into deep space.

Finally, it will be the first time that SpaceX will reuse the side boosters, which were used on the previous Falcon Heavy mission.

The Green Propellant Infusion Mission, or GPIM, will also reduce hazards with fueling spacecraft and cut down the amount of ground processing time to launch, according to NASA. The spacecraft will carry 24 satellites for the US Air Force Space Test Program.

As part of SpaceX's STP-2 mission, the Falcon Heavy rocket will be carrying the cremated remains of 152 dead individuals.

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The launch is scheduled for tonight with the window opening at 11:30 p.m. and is sure to attract crowds from all over the globe as usual.

Not only is the rocket a sight to see at liftoff, but two side boosters should be visible as they fly back to a Cape Canaveral Air Force Station landing pad.

"The STP-2 mission will be among the most challenging launches in SpaceX history, with four separate upper-stage engine burns, three separate deployment orbits, a finalpropulsive passivation maneuver and a total mission duration of over six hours", according to SpaceX.

Bongiovi said the use of previously flown boosters "is providing critical insight into reusability and quality assurance that will allow us to provide space access to the warfighter in a more cost-effective and expedient manner". For this service, the company purchases available rooms in spacecraft that have upcoming launches.

The Air Force is managing the mission through the military's Space Test Program.

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