SpaceX says it’s about to take a big step toward becoming the first private company to fly a rocket from a spaceport on the ocean, a milestone the company is taking to demonstrate its ability to do that with a relatively small number of launch vehicles.
The rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the first of many launches in SpaceX’s planned fleet of eight rockets.
Falcon 9 has a top speed of about 4,200 mph and a range of about 3,100 nautical miles, but the company says it is designed to use the same booster that it uses to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.
SpaceX is aiming to have its Falcon 9 rocket deliver more than 1,000 pounds of cargo to and from the space station by 2020, which would make it the largest launch vehicle in the U.S. to carry cargo to orbit.
The company has launched multiple launches of the Falcon 9 vehicle from the Kennedy Space Center, including the Falcon Heavy rocket that powered NASA’s Orion spacecraft.
SpaceX also uses Falcon 9 rockets to send cargo to both the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and is the first company to carry out a launch from its own launch pad, according to Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX.
There’s no word yet on when SpaceX will begin flying the Falcon 4, which is a smaller rocket, to the space center.
SpaceX says that the Falcon 3 is still in development and the Falcon 5 is currently undergoing testing at SpaceX’s Florida headquarters.
SpaceX has also said it is working on a new Falcon Heavy that will be capable of lofting heavier satellites into low Earth orbit, as well as launching a Falcon 9 booster.
This is a very exciting day, but I think the best way to get to this point is to show that we can do it, said John Holdren, NASA administrator.
We can’t launch with all the vehicles that we’re launching today, he said.
We’ve got to start from scratch.
SpaceX was founded in 2002, and has been developing rockets for a decade.
The company has been building and testing rockets at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California, for the past five years.
As the company works to launch its first rocket from its Florida headquarters, it has faced criticism over the launch pad’s performance, including a lack of launch pads for the company’s launch vehicles and a lack on a series of critical launch-related safety tests.
The Falcon 9 launch pad was not prepared to handle a Falcon Heavy launch, the most powerful rocket ever built, according a report from SpaceNews.
One of the most important launch-pad issues has been a shortage of launch sites, according an August 2017 report from the government watchdog.
The report found that the FAA has not provided a space-available site to allow SpaceX to test its Falcon Heavy boosters on launch pads that are required to handle such a rocket.
SpaceX said in a statement that it is currently working with the FAA to ensure that it has a site in place to handle the Falcon 10 and Falcon 9 boosters.
SpaceX has launched dozens of Falcon Heavy launches to the orbiting outpost, which has an orbiting laboratory, a research laboratory, and a commercial cargo launch pad.
SpaceX, which also owns the rocket-making and flight-test company United Launch Alliance, has used the company launch pads to launch various satellites for NASA.