SpaceX is launching a giant Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time in 3 years

The most powerful rocket from SPACEX was blown up on Tuesday for the first time in three years.

To the engineers’ relief, the mission went smoothly.

This is the fourth time Falcon Heavy has successfully launched into space


This is the fourth time Falcon Heavy has successfully launched into spacePhoto credit: AFP

SpaceX owner tweeted: “Sonic BOOMS!!” as he watched the launch.

Falcon Heavy is the most powerful missile currently in service.

But it has only managed to venture into space three times so far.

The last time was in June 2019, when among the items on board were a bunch of satellites, a space atomic clock and the ashes of astronaut Bill Pogue.

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Experts wanted to get the rocket airborne again in 2020, but problems with payload readiness thwarted their efforts.

The launch took place at 9:41 am EDT / 1:41 pm GMT from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The rocket carries two US Space Force spacecraft into orbit.

Space enthusiasts gathered near the Kennedy Space Center to witness this special moment.

The Falcon Heavy is a combination of three Falcon 9s, the rocket the company uses to transport supplies to the International Space Station and launch satellites.

It comes at a busy time for SpaceX owner Musk, 51.

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What is the Falcon Heavy?

The Falcon Heavy is the world’s most powerful rocket, according to SpaceX, with twice the power of any operational spacecraft.

With 28 rocket engines squeezed into three reusable boosters, it takes off with the power of eighteen 747 planes at full throttle.

Two lateral boosters separate simultaneously shortly after launch and land back on Earth, while a third, central core breaks off a little later and lands on an automated ship in the Atlantic.

Falcon Heavy can carry 140,000 pounds of payload into low Earth orbit — more than the mass of a 737 jet loaded with passengers, crew, baggage and fuel.

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SpaceX can load the vehicle with twice the payload that its Falcon 9 rocket can carry.

That means the Falcon Heavy offers SpaceX an enticing opportunity to launch a lot more stuff into space (and make buckets of more cash doing it).

Falcon Heavy last launched in June 2019


Falcon Heavy last launched in June 2019Photo credit: Reuters

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