SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, sticks 3-booster landing

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Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy's two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a synchronised landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, sparking boisterous cheers from SpaceX engineers in the company's Hawthorne, California headquarters. The mission is now scheduled to launch in June 2021 on a Falcon 9 rocket.

The Falcon Heavy generates more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and is capable of carrying payloads of approximately 141,000 pounds into low Earth orbit.

And even before that point, SpaceX was already celebrating the successful landing of Falcon Heavy's three individual boosters. 'Three for three boosters today for the Falcon Heavy'.

The Falcon Heavy had been scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday but that was delayed because of strong winds in the upper atmosphere.

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On March 13th, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told lawmakers at a Senate hearing that the agency was mulling over the idea of using a commercial rocket, potentially the Falcon Heavy, to launch an important test flight around the Moon.

The fairing is a piece of material that's part of the rocket's nosecone, protecting the payload, which can include things like satellites, during launch. The company also made history by successfully recovering both of its side boosters and the central core booster, which it had never done before. With this deployment the Falcon Heavy, created with the goal of sending manned missions to the Moon and Mars, has successfully completed its first commercial mission. "It could be used in the future if we could get through all of that", he said at a town hall on April 1st. After both the side boosters were safe and sound the live stream camera shifted to the remote feed from the drone ship, and just before the rocket touched down the feed died. Check back then to see if SpaceX can pull off a triple landing this time.

"The Falcons have landed", Musk wrote on Twitter, inaugurating the first successful recovery of all three rocket boosters, which will be refurbished and re-fly in another Falcon Heavy mission this summer to carry a swarm of military and science satellites for the Air Force.

Update April 10th, 7:30PM ET: SpaceX delayed the launch to Thursday, April 11th due to high winds.

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