Due to its new contract with the United States Space Force, Blue Origin finally had the chance to demonstrate the superiority of the New Glenn rocket, which competed with SpaceX. (US).
The Cooperative Research and Development Deal (CRADA), would allow New Glenn rockets to compete for the national security launch contract after achieving the necessary flight certification. It was signed on November 18 to officially record the agreement.
The majority of that will come from SpaceX, which keeps dropping its Falcon 9 rockets like dominoes. But 2023 should also see many appearances of the formidable Falcon Heavy on the Space Coast.
Why Did NASA’s Space Launch System Make Headlines In November?
While NASA’s Space Launch System made headlines in November. When it carries Orion to the moon for the Artemis I mission. It will not launch again until at least 2024. As a result, Falcon Heavy, which has only made four flights to date, is the next-best option for sheer power from a Space Coast launch.
But there’s more to watching it ascend than just the 5.1 million pounds of push. In addition, two of its three first-stage rockets will return to the land and make sonic booms as they touch down.
With the upcoming USSF-67 mission for the Space Force, there may be opportunities to see the rocket launch in January. Along with the delayed NASA Psyche probe’s October flight. SpaceX also plans to launch a second Space Force mission, a commercial satellite, and a second Space Force mission in the first part of the year.
Highlights for its smaller Falcon 9 rockets will be the four planned flights. From KSC carrying astronauts to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, aboard Crew-6 in mid-February and Crew-7 in the fall.