SpaceX's reusable boosters make history.
On April 11th, 2019, for the first time in history, SpaceX flew three separate orbital boosters back to Earth for recovery. On the very first official mission of the Falcon Heavy, launching from historic Apollo 11 Pad 39A, all three boosters successfully landed after launching the Arabsat-6A payload to geostationary transfer orbit.
This unprecedented event along with the push to recover and reuse rockets, heralds a new era of spaceflight, one with economically sustainable launch systems that can enable human expansion throughout the solar system.
The two Falcon Heavy side boosters flawlessly touched down at Cape Canaveral Landing Zone 1 shortly after detaching from the core booster. A near-deafening sonic boom startled onlookers a few seconds after touchdown and was heard for miles.
The core booster then landed on SpaceX's autonomous droneship parked in the Atlantic Ocean, the "Of Course I Still Love You." The live feed briefly cut out during this maneuver, and the core booster's fate was momentarily unclear.
As the live feed returned, a triumphant booster appeared, standing tall while SpaceX team members erupted in cheers.
SpaceX next Falcon Heavy Launch, the Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission, is scheduled for no earlier than June 22nd.
STP-2 plans to deliver 24 satellites to orbit, and will be one of the most difficult SpaceX missions to date. This mission will last over 6 hours and involve many more burns and maneuvers than the first two successful Falcon Heavy Launches.
The next Falcon Heavy launch is expected to generate a lot of public interest, and NASA has invited social media users to attend. If you're looking for a front row seat, registration is available here.
Track the launch and learn more about the STP-2 mission on Supercluster here.