An excited Elon Musk reacts moments before SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch was succesful

The Falcon Heavy then shed its two side boosters as planned, with both miraculously touching back down safely on the ground so they could be reused.

In a Twitter conversation, Musk replied to a person asking how he would land two boosters with only one drone by revealing that a third one is under construction.

Musk later revealed the third booster, brand new, slammed into the Atlantic at 300 miles per hour and missed the floating landing platform, scattering shrapnel all over the deck and knocking out two engines.

Technology pioneered by TWI in Cambridge UK was used in Elon Musk's historic launch of Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Musk, the founder and CEO of the West Coast-based rocket company SpaceX, took to Twitter yesterday to casually mention how a third drone ship is now under construction for the Space Coast. The latter is based at Port Canaveral and returns Falcon 9 boosters to facilities near the port for post-launch checkouts. "Just Read the Instructions" is in the Pacific for launches from Vandenberg, and "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic for launches from Cape Canaveral. Musk said Monday that there wasn't enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines of the booster "after several three engine relights".

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket made its successful first flight on February 6 after years of development. All three are named after spacecraft featured in Scottish author Iain M. Banks' "Culture" novels.

The fix, he said, was "pretty obvious". For some reason, which I am a bit confused about, the Arch library that was included with the Falcon Heavy launch, was the Isaac Asimov Foundation Trilogy, a series of science fiction books.

As National Geographic reported from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, the Falcon Heavy launch is a milestone for private companies' journey into space. An added bonus for Musk: The Falcon Heavy launch on the Space Coast also allows the area to grab a bigger chunk of the $300 billion commercial space industry.

Once fully operational, the Falcon Heavy would be capable of carrying payloads as heavy as 119,000 pounds to low-Earth orbit or almost double the capacity of its competitor Delta IV Heavy that can lift more than 62,000 pounds.

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