From the launch pad Pad 39A Space CenterKennedy successfully launched the Falcon Heavy super-heavy launch vehicle. It was the first launch of a rocket equipped with 27 engines at once. And apparently, everything is still going as planned. The system withstood the moment of maximum load during takeoff, and after some time, the two first-stage side accelerators separated from it and made a synchronous landing at the Kennedy Space Center.
In order to understand whether allpassed successfully, it will take some time. The fact is that it was decided to land the main stage of the launch vehicle on the floating barge and immediately before landing the camera, apparently, under the influence of powerful vibration of the started engines, the stages disconnected. It should be added that this has happened before as part of the landing of spent stages of Falcon 9 launch vehicles.
Six hours after launch, located atlow Earth orbit spacecraft with an electric roadster Ilona Mask on board will go to Mars and launch its engines. Last week, Ilon Musk once again commented that the risk of failure still exists at any stage of the flight.
Nevertheless, the successful launch of Falcon Heavy canbecome a giant leap in the development of space flight. At the moment, Falcon Heavy is the most powerful working carrier rocket in the world. SpaceX has already received several orders to launch its super-heavy rocket, but now that the first test launch has been successful (and we hope that the rest of the mission will also go smoothly), the company will most likely be able to attract even more potential customers interested in using Falcon Heavy.
The moment of launch can be seen from the 30th minute: