Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Watching Falcon Heavy Land is a Glimpse at the Future of Spaceflight

Watching Falcon Heavy Land is a Glimpse at the Future of Spaceflight

He estimates that each fairing costs approximately $6 million, which equates to about 10 percent of the cost of a Falcon 9 launch.

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.

The rocket is the most powerful in use today, with 27 engines firing at liftoff - nine per booster, taking off with the force of 18 passenger planes.

"Successful deployment of Arabsat-6A to geosynchronous transfer orbit confirmed-completing Falcon Heavy's first commercial mission!" .

Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying a satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabian company Arabsat.

"T plus 33 seconds into flight, under the power of 5.1 million pounds of thrust, Falcon Heavy is headed to space", SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said on a live stream.

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Believe it or not, the trio of boosters aren't the only things that SpaceX managed to recover.

In a spectacular display of engineering prowess, SpaceX recovered all three boosters of the Falcon Heavy rocket back on Earth, a feat it could not pull off in the rocket's demonstration flight past year. But since the inaugural flight, SpaceX has added a few more customers to the Falcon Heavy's manifest, including telecommunications company Viasat, along with a few additional launches from the US Air Force.

The space company has previously re-used first-stage and second-stage rocket boosters, in addition to one of its previously flown Dragon capsules.

NASA announced that this will be SpaceX's 17th Commercial Resupply Services contract mission to the International Space Station. In the 2018 test mission, Heavy's core booster missed the vessel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. While many SpaceX fairings have been pulled from the water over the years and put back into service, the ultimate goal is to avoid having to refurbish the components to deal with corrosion caused by salt water - which is expensive and time-consuming. These boosters have been part of the Falcon 9 rocket for nearly a year and offer better thrust, improved landing legs and other features that make retrieval easier.

Two of the boosters landed in Cape Canaveral in Florida and the third booster landed on an off-shore drone ship.

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