SpaceX Launched Their Third Falcon Heavy Rocket
Last night SpaceX launched their largest and most impression rocket mission to date. The Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral late in the evening deploying 24 satellites into orbit along with the remains of several high profile individuals.
The launch went off without a hitch which is excellent news considering SpaceX founder Elon Musk had stated this was one of the most challenging missions for SpaceX to date. With several complex maneuvers for the rocket to perform including four separate upper-stage engines burns, three different deployment orbits, and a total mission duration of 6 hours this was an extended mission for SpaceX.
When it came time to land the main boosters back on eats the two side boosters successfully landed back at Cape Canaveral for the second time in their lives. They have been used on the previous Falcon Heavy launch also making this the first time falcon heavy boosters were re-used for a mission. As for the middle booster, it didn’t work out so well. The Center booster didn’t end up landing back on the drone ship out at sea and instead crash-landed in the ocean nearby the drone ship.
Even though SpaceX missed retreating the main booster, they did set another milestone as their ship called Ms. Tree caught the giant fairing which was used at the top of the rocket for the first time. This has been something SpaceX has been trying to do for months. It’s another step towards making the Falcon rockets more and more reusable into the future.
So even though SpaceX missed the landing of one of the three boosters, it was seen as a successful flight as the primary payload was all delivered into space without issue.
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