Thu Apr 11, 2019, 07:56 PM

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Sticks Triple Rocket Landing with 1st Commercial Launch

By Amy Thompson an hour ago Spaceflight

Falcon Heavy is officially in business.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX's Falcon Heavy successfully launched its first operational mission today (April 11), sticking a triple-rocket landing more than a year after its demo mission catapulted a cherry-red Tesla and a dummy nicknamed Starman into space.

The megarocket, dubbed the most powerful launcher in operation, blasted off at 6:35 p.m. EDT (2235 GMT). It lifted off here from the same site that once hosted NASA's Apollo moon missions and its fleet of space shuttles: historic Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. About 34 minutes later, the rocket deployed Arabsat-6A, an advanced communications satellite that will provide internet and communications services to residents of the Middle East, Africa and parts of Europe.

Falcon Heavy's second flight went off without a hitch at the beginning of a 2-hour window after high upper level winds thwarted SpaceX's second launch attempt. A day earlier, Falcon Heavy faced a 24-hour delay due to poor weather at the launch pad. A dismal weather forecast for Tuesday (April 9) convinced launch officials to issue a delay rather than face just a 30% chance of favorable weather.


The enthusiasm carried over into today's flight, as thousands of onlookers gathered in the area to watch the Falcon Heavy fly.

Sonic booms echoed through the sky as the rocket's two side boosters touched down in unison at SpaceX's nearby landing sites. The third landed on SpaceX's drone ship landing pad "Of Course I Still Love You," stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. (That represents an improvement over the rocket's first flight, when the core stage missed the drone ship and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after two of three engines did not fire during the descent.)


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Thu Apr 11, 2019, 10:28 PM

1. I'm an avowed space nerd -

And I have been since watching the Moon landing live in school.
Whatever anyone thinks of Elon - he is currently doing for space flight what Tiger Woods did for golf!
You go Elon and keep up the good work!!!
I really wish the .gov would redirect the funds that are going to the 'never-to-fly' SLS to SpaceX because they are actually getting shit done!!!

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