SpaceX Lands All Three Falcon Heavy Boosters for the First Time

After failing to recover the center stage during last year's maiden flight, SpaceX appears to have fixed the problem.

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Update: SpaceX successfully landed all three boosters on today's flight. On its maiden voyage early last year, SpaceX was unable to recover Falcon Heavy's center stage, but it appears SpaceX has fixed the problem. Here's a look at the landings and satellite deployment:

Two boosters land successfully during Falcon Heavy\'s first mission on April 11. This never gets old.

The center stage rests on SpaceX\'s drone ship Of Course I Still Love You after the livestream feed returned after shutdown. This is the first time SpaceX was able to successfully land all of Falcon Heavy\'s three boosters.

The Saudi Arabian Arabsat-6A successfully deploys from Falcon Heavy, bringing a successful mission to a close.


Original article: SpaceX is to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for the second time, hoping for the first successful landing of all three first-stage boosters. The launch will happen Wednesday evening and be live-streamed here:

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is currently the biggest heavy-lift rocket in the world and uses three modified Falcon 9 boosters strapped together. Falcon Heavy has already proven successful at bringing payloads into orbit, having launched El0n Musk's Tesla Roadster into space. The more important challenge, however, is landing all three boosters safely on the ground to be reused.

Falcon Heavy’s first launch was in February of last year, and during that launch two of the rocket’s three boosters survived the trip back to the ground, as the two side boosters made a at their corresponding pads at Cape Canaveral. The center booster wasn’t as lucky. After a software glitch it crashed in the ocean.

This time, SpaceX holes to pull off the launch and corresponding landing perfectly. The rocket will be and the launch window opens at 8 pm Eastern. According to , high winds may delay the launch until 8:32, the end of the launch window. The launch could also be delayed until Thursday or Friday.

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