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SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket for first time in three years

SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket from Florida on Tuesday, the first flight since 2019 of the world’s most powerful rocket.

SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket from Florida on Tuesday, the first flight since 2019 of the world’s most powerful rocket.

Mission USSF-44, carrying cargo for the US Space Force, including the TETRA 1 satellite, took off from Kennedy Space Center at around 9:40 am (1340 GMT).

Minutes later, the rocket’s two side boosters returned to Earth — the craft’s main stage will never be found.

Falcon Heavy was first launched as part of a test in 2018, which included SpaceX boss Elon Musk’s own Tesla car.

Tuesday’s flight was Falcon Heavy’s third operational commercial flight and its first since June 2019.

The US space company currently operates two rockets.

The first is the Falcon 9, which is primarily used to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and to launch satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink Internet program.

Falcon Heavy is used to launch much heavier payloads into further orbits. It can carry up to 64 tons in orbit.

NASA has also chosen Falcon Heavy to fly parts of its future space station into orbit around the moon.

SpaceX is also developing another rocket at its Texas base, the Starship, which consists of a spacecraft mounted on a first-stage booster called the Super Heavy, although the craft has never flown in its full configuration.

The spacecraft portion of the craft has made several suborbital test flights under its own power, many of which ended in dramatic explosions.

NASA has already picked Starship to take its astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis 3 mission, which will take place in 2025 at the earliest.

The space agency will take astronauts to orbit around the moon, thanks to its own heavy rocket, the SLS, which has been in development for more than a decade.

The SLS, which is expected to surpass Falcon Heavy to become the most powerful rocket in the world, has seen its first launch canceled twice at the last minute in recent months.

The next tentatively scheduled launch date for the unmanned flight is set for November 14.

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