The most powerful SpaceX rocket went to space again after 3 years

After 3 years, the world's largest operational rocket took off from the Cape Canaveral space base in Florida a few hours ago on the morning after Halloween.

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After 3 years, the world's largest operational rocket took off from the Cape Canaveral space base in Florida a few hours ago on the morning after Halloween.

The previous launch of SpaceX's "Falcon Heavy" rocket was in 2019. In today's launch, less than 10 minutes after liftoff, the rocket's side boosters successfully returned to the ground near the launch site almost simultaneously. The central booster of the rocket also fell into the ocean after sending the classified cargo belonging to the US Space Force.

This Falcon Heavy mission named USSF 44 from the 39A platform of the Kennedy Space Center and at 9:43 am in the time zone Eastern (17:13 Tehran time) put into orbit a prototype military microsatellite called TETRA-1 and a larger satellite. This launch was originally planned for 2020, but the problems of the cargo had delayed it several times.

The rocket cargo was placed in the geostationary orbit (GEO) at an altitude of 35 thousand kilometers above the earth. It is much higher than Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for Starlink satellites at an altitude of 550 km.

After SpaceX's large triple rocket first lifted off in 2018, For a long time, it seemed to have been forgotten in the hype of the company's bigger rocket, Starship. NASA hopes to use Starship with a powerful Super Heavy booster to send astronauts to Use the moon in the Artemis program. In addition, Elon Musk plans to use it to create a human settlement on Mars.

But the most powerful SpaceX rocket that actually entered space is still the Falcon Heavy. In its first flight in 2018, this rocket sent a Tesla Roadster car to the Red Planet. It flew two more times after that, both in 2019.

Falcon Heavy basically consists of three Falcon 9 boosters linked together to create triple thrust. While this configuration is less powerful than NASA's Artemis Space Launch System (SLS) or the Starship and Super Heavy series, it is currently the world's most powerful operational rocket before other rockets are fully developed.

The landed side boosters may be reused on a future government mission, according to SpaceX. The mission is likely to be carried out in January 2023, but before that, another commercial Falcon Heavy satellite will be launched in early December. According to reports, this powerful rocket may continue to operate for another 5 years.

Cover photo: SpaceX's fourth Falcon Heavy rocket launch
Credit: SpaceX

Sources: CNet , ZDNet

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