SpaceX Will Try to Land Three Rockets at the Same Time

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 - 12:17PM
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 - 12:17PM
SpaceX Will Try to Land Three Rockets at the Same Time
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SpaceX recently passed a milestone in their quest to re-use their rockets when they recovered their fifth Falcon 9 rocket after re-landing. Now, the space company is looking to conquer their next landmark: landing three rockets at once.

According to a new statement from SpaceX, they are currently seeking federal approval for two additional landing pads for their first Falcon Heavy launch:
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"SpaceX expects to fly Falcon Heavy for the first time later this year," SpaceX told the Orlando Sentinel. "We are also seeking regulatory approval to build two additional landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. We hope to recover all three Falcon Heavy rockets, though initially we may attempt drone ship landings [at sea]."
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The Falcon Heavy is a new type of rocket that SpaceX has developed over the last year. When it launches for the first time sometime in 2016, it will be the most powerful rocket in the world. It will be able to lift 54 metric tons, twice as much as the current record-holder, Delta IV, and at only one-third the cost.

Eventually, they plan to send three rocket boosters into space, which would then each land on their own respective landing pads. Two of them would land at approximately the same time, while the third would land only a few minutes later. Here's a SpaceX animation of the proposed event: