SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon Heavy and Lands All Three First Stages.

After a short delay (2 hours 15 mins) at 3:45 PM, SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket from the historic launch complex 39A.

Seven minutes and fifty-eight seconds after launch, the two side boosters successfully launched back on the ground at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station a few miles south of the launch pad. Eight minutes after launch, the center core made a landing attempt on the autonomous drone-ship, “Of Course I Still Love You.” The center core landing attempt was not successful, according to Elon Musk, the core hit the water traveling at 300mph and about 100 meters away from the target.

Two SpaceX Falcon 9 cores landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Credit: Jason Perrone (Space News 360)
Two SpaceX Falcon 9 cores are landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Credit: Jason Perrone (Space News 360)

The payload is healthy and on its way to its orbit, and will hang around the Van Allen belt for a while, collecting data before moving on.

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