Following the second launch of SpaceX Falcon heavy and all the three of its rocket booster core have landed successfully back on earth. The rocket took off Thursday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida just after 6 pm ET and delivered a pricey communication satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabia-based firm Arabsat.
It is for the first time that SpaceX has landed all the three Rocket cores from one Falcon heavy flight. Back in February 2018 SpaceX Falcon heavy flew for the first time only two of the outer cores successfully made it back to Earth in one piece. The center core of the rocket launch missed its target drone ship because it failed to light all three engines needed to land because of a fuel shortage. Therefore, the rocket booster fell into the ocean at 300 miles per hour.
Today, SpaceX has managed to stick all three landings, and it might have helped because all three boosters used for this flight were upgraded versions of SpaceX’s rockets, knows as Block 5. This version is build to optimize reusability which makes a lot easier for SpaceX to land the vehicles and then turn them around quickly for future flights.
SpaceX has tried these landings four years ago with its Falcon 9 rocket boosters. In January 2015, the first attempt at sea ended up in a fireball after the booster slammed into the drone ship. While the second attempt landing was in April 2015, at that time the booster almost made it but ultimately tipped over and exploded.
However, in December 2015 the company landed its first rocket booster at Cape Canaveral on the original concrete landing pad. At that point, it took three more attempts to stick one with the sea landing. Nonetheless, SpaceX pulled off 20 successful landings with just one failure, since last year’s first Falcon Heavy launch, the company has only had one unsuccessful booster landing.