The first Falcon Heavy launched in February past year.
According to the official description published by SpaceX for STP-2, this mission will be one of the most challenging ones in the history of the company.
A panoply of satellites is awaiting liftoff aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket on a mission that will mark a milestone in SpaceX's quest to become a U.S. Air Force-certified launch provider.
Elon Musk tweeted, "This is the first mission to reuse the side boosters that flew on a previous Falcon Heavy mission". However, the STP-2 mission is the first of its kind, transporting multiple satellites at the same time, which SpaceX never tried before. The mission is termed as Space Test Program-2 and its goal is to thrust the ashes of cremated people into the orbit. SpaceX will try to land those boosters back down on Earth. It will also carry a Deep Space Atomic Clock, which could be used to help spacecraft navigate to distant destinations, as well as a satellite that will test a new type of green propellant for NASA.
"The use of the previously flown hardware is providing critical insight in the reusability and quality assurance that allow us to provide space access to the war fighters in a more cost-effective and expedient manner", Bongiovi said. The boosters were refueled and refitted for the upcoming launch.
In an initially elliptical orbit measuring about 186 by 534 miles, the dispenser will release a satellite known as Oculus 13 minutes after launch.
The complete launch process for the STP-2 mission will take around four hours, starting with Monday night at 11:30 p.m. EST.
The STP-2 mission includes technologies developed by several organizations, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, ) DoD research laboratories, several universities and NASA-which is sending up four payloads. At that point, the Air Force's Demonstration and Science Experiments - DSX - satellite will be deployed to characterize the space radiation environment and its effects on sensitive electronics.
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.