SpaceX nails triple booster landing

Falcon Heavy lifted off yesterday from Cape Canaveral in Florida and successfully delivered its cargo into orbit

Falcon Heavy lifted off yesterday from Cape Canaveral in Florida and successfully delivered its cargo into orbit

SpaceX boss Elon Musk revealed on Twitter that both halves of the spacecraft's nosecone were also picked up, and they're going to send them back into space sooner rather than later.

The launch marks the Falcon Heavy's second-ever trip to space, as well as its first commercial mission, as the megarocket carried Lockheed Martin's Arabsat 6A communications satellite into orbit.

But what was especially impressive this time around is the fact that they managed to retrieve all three of the Falcon Heavy's rocket boosters, as well as the payload fairings.

SpaceX is hoping that, with Heavy's first commercial flight under its belt, it can increase the frequency with which the massive rocket blasts off.

You can relive the entire launch and landing via the stream below.

The spaceship delivered a communication satellite into orbit for Saudi company, Arabsat.

The craft, named Falcon Heavy was built by the SpaceX company. They touched down almost in unison about 8 minutes after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center.

After multiple delays throughout early April, Falcon Heavy blasted off at the opening of its launch window on April 11, just after 6:30 p.m. EDT.

SpaceX has managed to achieve yet another historic milestone.

Two of the boosters landed in Cape Canaveral in Florida and the third booster landed on an off-shore drone ship. That prompted Elon Musk to tweet succinctly, "The Falcons have landed". 'Will be flown on Starlink mission later this year'.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, atop a Falcon 9 rocket, cleared its first unmanned test flight in March ahead of its crewed mission planned for July, while the first unmanned test for Boeing's Starliner capsule is scheduled for August on ULA's Atlas 5 rocket.

'Both fairings recovered, ' Musk wrote in a tweet. Seawater isn't the best for rocket components, but the company is confident it can refurbish the fairings after they've been dunked in the ocean.

The company even constructed a boat with a massive net attached, affectionately called Mr. Steven, to try to recover the fairings.

The total cost of one of its Falcon 9 launches is estimated to reach £44 million ($61m), while each of its larger Falcon Heavy flights costs £65 million ($90m).

In the 2018 test mission, Heavy's core booster missed the vessel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

'We have landed the center core for the first time, ' a SpaceX announcer said.

Regardless, this latest success of the Falcon Heavy is another step along the road to a new age of space exploration, one that is characterized by flexibility and cost-effectiveness. While the Falcon Heavy is no substitute for the SLS, this tight deadline could force some tough choices.

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