SpaceX Falcon Heavy Successfully Launches on its First Flight

SpaceX Falcon Heavy first launch. Credit: SpaceX

Today SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy on its first launch attempt, an event which could arguably be called historic. Not just for the successful launch, but also because of the successful landing of the two side boosters.

High level winds almost delayed the launch a day, but with 15 minutes left in the launch window the Falcon Heavy blasted off the launch pad. Even if you weren’t in attendance, it was still thrilling to watch.

The Falcon Heavy could launch again within three months with a paying customer on a mission to deliver a large satellite to geostationary orbit.

A short time after launch Elon Musk tweeted that the second stage was proceeding nominally. We’re still waiting on word if the center core first stage landed successfully on the SpaceX drone barge off the coast of Florida.

SpaceX Webcast Launch Replay

Launch Images

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch.

SpaceX spaceman in a Tesla car

SpaceX Falcon Heavy side booster landing.

SpaceX Falcon side boosters landing
SpaceX Falcon side boosters landing. All images credit: SpaceX.
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About Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactice Inc. Boucher has 18 years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 25 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.