At 2:30 a.m. local time, the SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket went on its third flight. It was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The mission, the rocket launch is part of, is called STP-2. It involves the launch of 24 satellites from private and public companies on three orbital routes.
For SpaceX, the event was particularly important because it was the first time that the company was reusing the side accelerators of the rocket’s first stage, which already participated in the Arabsat-6A mission in April.
This time, the side accelerators were successfully landed about eight minutes after the launch and will, most likely, participate in the next mission. The central unit of the first stage, which was to have been reused, missed the Atlantic Ocean barge and crashed. The failure was presumably due to the remoteness of the object from the launch site.
The company will also attempt to rescue part of the nose fairing using Ms. Tree and GO Navigator for the purpose.
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