The world’s largest operational rocket provided an extra treat on November 1, the morning after Halloween, when the first Falcon Heavy launch since 2019 blasted off under a still spooky blanket of fog from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Less than 10 minutes after liftoffs, the side of the rocket boosters returned for a successful, near-simultaneous landing not far from the launch pad. The central core is designed to run in the ocean, sending the indicated payload on its way to the orbit of the US Space Force.
The Falcon Heavy mission saw USSF 44 launch from pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:43 am ET (6:43 am PT) a prototype military satellite called TETRA-1 and confirmed a larger satellite.
The mission was originally planned for 2012, but payload issues delayed it multiple times.
Not long after SpaceX’s big triple rocket shot off the ground for the first time in 2018, it seemed to be forgotten in the hype surrounding Elon Musk’s even bigger.the rocket and its companion Super Heavy, which NASA hopes will return astronauts to the moon and which Musk dreams of using to build a society on Mars.
But the most muscle in the SpaceX garage that actually made it to space is still the Falcon Heavy. His first flight. He flew two times, in 2019.
The Falcon Heavy actually had three falcons ring 9 boosters for three fixtures. While the figure is less powerful than NASA’s delayed Artemis I Space Launch System or Starship and Super Heavy will eventually be, it is currently the world’s most powerful operational rocket.
You can watch the video above. Due to its classified status, it does not affect the deployment of satellites.
SpaceX said the boosters could be used on the ground again in a future national security mission. That could happen as early as January, although another Falcon Heavy commercial satellite launch is scheduled to happen as early as December.
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