SpaceX is preparing for its third launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket that is scheduled to break out of the Kennedy Space Center on the night of June 24th. technology developed by NASA, which aims to facilitate navigation to Mars.
A deep space space atomic clock (DSAC) can be a great key to unlock navigation in space. Thanks to the improved technology, this atomic clock is small and stable enough to be sent into space. Scientists now have to send a ground atomic clock signal to a traveling spacecraft before waiting for the ping to return to determine the space and speed of the spacecraft. instead of constantly bouncing back and forth. This allows the spacecraft to calculate its own trajectory, just like GPS. With planned missions on Mars, one year the mission of the DSAC will help researchers develop a more accurate tracking system for future missions that one day may include astronauts. Its purpose is to explore how other satellites are affected by cosmic radiation that can interrupt communications with satellites and even influence the electronics we use here on Earth.
The nonprofit planetary space exploration community is also trying to make another experiment on solar sailing after the Falcon Heavy launch. Their LightSail2 ship hopes to be the first spacecraft to travel around the Earth, driven only by sunlight. Although the first LightSail experienced several technical problems during its flight, it was a successful trip. This is especially true when the company plans to use Falcon Heavy for the planned September launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon. If it succeeds, this mission will be the first to release Americans from the US soil after the missions of space shuttles.