SpaceX achieved this Tuesday, November 1, the launch of its rocket Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Its powerful rocket has been the protagonist of the USSF-44 confidential mission. The uncrewed mission will deploy two classified satellites for the United States Space Force.
The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in operation today, with its 27 Merlin engines capable of generating more than 5 million pounds of thrust at launch, which SpaceX says is equal to around 18 Boeing 747 jets.
Falcon Heavy’s side boosters have landed – marking the 150th and 151st recovery of orbital class rockets pic.twitter.com/vK4ZdfDQtX
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The Falcon Heavy uses SpaceX’s Falcon 9 workhorse as its core stage and two additional Falcon 9 boosters attached to each side.
About eight minutes after launch, the Falcon Heavy’s side rockets managed to land at the same time in their respective places. The shocking sequence, recorded at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, could be followed live through the official broadcast from SpaceX.