SpaceX got three of its reinforcements for the first time, and yes, it was impressive

The launch and landing of SpaceX on Thursday was truly fascinating.
The launch and landing of SpaceX on Thursday was truly fascinating.

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By johnny lieu

Three is certainly a magic number.

SpaceX landed three of its Heavy Falcon rocket boosters for the first time on Thursday, as part of a mission that was delayed from the previous day due to bad weather.

The Falcon Heavy was launched from NASA Kennedy Space Center at 6:35 p.m. EDT, which carries the Arabsat-6A communications satellite in its payload.

Eight minutes after takeoff, the space flight company landed the Falcon Heavy's lateral reinforcements at the company's two landing zones at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Then, about nine minutes after takeoff, the center impeller landed on the plane "Of course I still love you", which is stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Last year, SpaceX was able to land two of Falcon Heavy's thrusters, and the third crashed into the ocean at 300 miles per hour.

You can capture the moment when the lateral reinforcements begin to land from the 26 minute mark on the live broadcast video from SpaceX, while the central reinforcer lands at the 29 minute mark.

Make sure you do not miss the applause of SpaceX's mission control.

Even more interesting are the videos of the spectators who saw the reinforcements landing almost simultaneously at Cape Canaveral. We would certainly like to be there.

At 34 minutes of takeoff, the Arabsat-6A satellite deployed to orbit what was Falcon Heavy's first commercial mission.

The satellite aims to provide communications to people in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

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