SpaceX successfully conducts its maiden flight of its most powerful rocket to date, the Falcon Heavy, from LC39A at John F. Kennedy Space Center. Sends a Tesla Roadster with a fake astronaut in the driver’s seat to it’s destination – Mar’s orbit.
Watch the rocket boosters land HERE!
Landmark achievements of SpaceX include:
- The first privately funded liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit (Falcon 1 Flight 4 — September 28, 2008)
- The first privately funded company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft (Falcon 9 Flight 2 — December 9, 2010)
- The first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station (Falcon 9 Flight 3 — May 25, 2012)
- The first private company to send a satellite into geosynchronous orbit (Falcon 9 Flight 7 — December 3, 2013)
- The first landing of an orbital rocket’s first stage on land (Falcon 9 Flight 20 — December 22, 2015)
- The first landing of an orbital rocket’s first stage on an ocean platform (Falcon 9 Flight 23 — April 8, 2016)
- The first relaunch and landing of a used orbital rocket (Falcon 9 Flight 32 — March 30, 2017)
- The first controlled flyback and recovery of a payload fairing (Falcon 9 Flight 32 — March 30, 2017)
- The first reflight of a commercial cargo spacecraft. (Falcon 9 Flight 35 — June 3, 2017)
- The first privately funded payload to escape Earth’s gravity. Two of the three boosters of the same launch were successfully recovered. (Falcon Heavy Test Flight – February 6, 2018)
In December 2015, SpaceX launched an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station into Low Earth orbit, on a mission designated Flight 20. After completing its primary burn, the first stage of the multistage rocket detached from the second stage as usual. The first stage then fired three of its engines to send it back to Cape Canaveral, where it achieved the world’s first successful landing of a rocket that was used for an orbital launch.