SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket puts a solar sail and scads of other experiments in orbit

GeekWire | Jun 25, 2019 at 5:04 PM
  • SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket had its first night launch tonight, sending 24 different spacecraft toward three different types of orbit to test a wide range of technologies.
  • Minutes after launch, the Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters separated and flew themselves to two landing pads set up at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, not far from the launch pad.
  • The upper stage made it to orbit successfully, and payloads provided by the Pentagon, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several universities were deployed over the course of more than three hours.