SpaceX launched its mega-rocket Falcon Heavy on Tuesday for the first time in more than three years.
SpaceX launched its mega Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday for the first time in more than three years, hoisting satellites for the military and then nailing side-by-side booster landings back near the pad.
Thick fog shrouded NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as the rocket rocketed mid-morning. The crowd at the launch site couldn’t even see the path three miles away, but heard the roar of the 27 engines on the first stage.
Both side boosters peeled off two minutes after takeoff, flew back to Cape Canaveral and landed side by side, just seconds apart. The nuclear trap was thrown out to sea, all the energy needed to get the Space Force’s satellites into their intended extra-high orbit.
This was SpaceX’s fourth flight with a Falcon Heavy, currently the most powerful rocket in use. The first, in 2018, launched SpaceX chief Elon Musk’s red Tesla convertible; the next two Heavy launches followed in 2019, lifting satellites.