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Falcon Heavy—the newest and biggest space lifter

7 February 2018

SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy for the first time yesterday making it the heaviest space lifter in the business today. And what a business niche SpaceX has owning 20% of the world market—a greater share than most countries. The audience not only gets to watch a spectacular launch but also what was reserved for SciFi movie buffs—the booster rockets (SpaceX calls them cores) landing minutes after launch for later refit and reuse.

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket liftoff at 3:45 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida—NASA image

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket clearing the launch pad—NASA image

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket soars—NASA image

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket soars—NASA image

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket’s two side cores (boosters) descending for  landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida following a successful liftoff at 3:45 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center—NASA image

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket’s two side cores descend, no longer made to just burn—NASA image

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    7 February 2018 11:50

    A truly epic performance! I am delighted – of course – to see the Douglas Adams reference!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      7 February 2018 19:13

      It fits into the realm of the unreal. Elon Musk may be creating a niche for heavy lifting.

  2. Lurch permalink
    7 February 2018 14:35

    The only thing missing were a pair of peril sensitive glasses.

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