The hawks have landed
The second time is apparently the charm of SpaceX.
In February 2018, the space company Elon Musk launched a Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, but could not recover the three rocket boosters, instead of landing on the autonomous SpaceX drones as supposed, the central core Splattered in the Atlantic Ocean. Whoops.
On Thursday, the company attempted its second release of Falcon Heavy, and this time it managed to land the three reinforcements, marking a new milestone in reusable rocketry.
– CNET (@CNET) April 12, 2019
The Falcon Heavy is currently the most powerful launch vehicle in operation. Because SpaceX designed the rocket to be reusable, it can keep the cost of the launches lower than it would be possible, and the more economical launches mean more launches, which advances the efforts of humanity to study, explore and exploit space.
Now that SpaceX has demonstrated that it can successfully recover the three reinforcements of Falcon Heavy, it can begin to look forward to the five launches that are already in the manifest of the rocket, and the others that are likely to follow.
Falcon Heavy side reinforcers land on landing zones 1 and 2 pic.twitter.com/nJCCaVHOeo
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 12, 2019
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