Falcon Heavy launch

This is the first launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy! The launch occurred on 2/6/2018 at Kennedy Space Center’s LC-39 Pad A which is the same pad that many Apollo and Space Shuttle launches took place from. SpaceX is currently leasing the pad from NASA. This launch is the first time SpaceX has launched a vehicle of this configuration and at 140,700 lb to low Earth orbit, it represents the largest lift capacity of any currently available rocket. Although still short of the 150,000 to 290,000 lb capacity of NASA’s upcoming SLS rocket (and well shy of Saturn V’s 310,000 lb capacity), this rocket is more than double what is currently available from the Delta IV Heavy.

The boosters return for a soft landing.

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