SpaceX had a pretty big day on Tuesday.
The Elon Musk-founded company successfully launched its maiden flight of the huge Falcon Heavy rocket and landed two of its three main boosters back on Earth after sending a Tesla Roadster to space.
With this launch, SpaceX and Musk effectively made a long-shot rocket dream come true before our eyes and made good on a promise made more than five years ago.
“We tried to cancel the Falcon Heavy program three times at SpaceX,” Musk said during a briefing after the launch. The technical challenges associated with building the rocket were much worse than the company initially bargained for, but none-the-less, Musk and his team pulled through. Read more…