SpaceX‘s Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a classified U.S. Space Force mission in 2022 under an existing $332 million contract for the second phase of the National Security Space Launch Program, Space News reported Sunday.
A Space Systems Command spokesperson said the USSF-67 national security mission is scheduled to take off on the SpaceX rocket in the middle of next year or late 2022.
The confirmed launch adds to a pair of Falcon Heavy missions that have been postponed to 2022 due to challenges associated with range scheduling and payload readiness.
The postponed launches, designated USSF-44 and USSF-52, still do not have specific launch dates but have been rescheduled for next year.
NASA accommodates Falcon Heavy launches from Kennedy Space Center.