USA. The most powerful carrier rocket in the world, Falcon Heavy by SpaceX, has launched into space
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, a super-heavy carrier rocket, took to space on Tuesday for the first time in nearly three years. The three-armed rocket launched several satellites into orbit.
On Tuesday, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch rocket took off into space. She took part in a secret mission of the armed forces USA at 9.41 local time from the John F. Kennedy Space Center NASA in Florida. In the USSF-44 mission, the world’s most powerful carrier rocket launched several satellites into orbit.
After the payload was put into orbit, SpaceX recovered some of the rocket components for refurbishment and reuse. As planned, two of the boosters on the first Falcon Heavy rocket segment landed softly in the designated locations. However, the company did not try to save the middle afterburner. It fell into the ocean because it did not have enough fuel to return to base.
Falcon Heavy’s secret government mission
CNN points out that there is not much publicly available information about USSF-44. In the press release, the US Space Systems Command (SSC) only said that the launch would enable the placing of many satellites in orbit, taking advantage of the rapid development of space technology in the field of tracking objects in space. The SSC declined to provide additional information.
“The US military is one of the main engines of the country’s missile economy, handing out lucrative contracts coveted by private startup companies, including SpaceX and its main competitor, United Launch Alliance, which is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin,” CNN explained.
Return after a three-year hiatus
Falcon Heavy returned to space on Tuesday after a hiatus lasting from mid-2019. The first time a rocket was launched into space a year earlier, when the CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk decided to use the Tesla Roadster as a test load. The vehicle is still in space.
Two more Falcon Heavy missions took place in 2019. One carried into orbit a huge satellite of TV and telephone services for Arabsat from Saudi Arabia, and the other – a batch of experimental satellites for Pentagon.
Although the Falcon Heavy is the world’s most powerful carrier, it may soon lose its title to NASA’s SLS space launch system and SpaceX’s Starship. They are a key part of NASA’s plans to return astronauts to the lunar surface for the first time in half a century. SpaceX also has ambition to transport people and cargo to Mars in the hope of creating permanent settlements for people there.
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