SpaceX’s powerful Falcon Heavy rocket launch stunned viewers across Florida’s space coast this weekend.
Photographers and videographers got great views of the USSF-67 launch from Titusville and other coastal zones near Orlando, capturing the Falcon Heavy rising into a dark sky, as you can see in the tweets below. Viewers were also treated to the Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters safely touching down at the nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Station eight minutes after launch.
Falcon Heavy launches USSF-67 to orbit pic.twitter.com/htJfgM0tdEJanuary 16, 2023
What an incredible Falcon Heavy launch tonight! The view from the NASA Causeway at KSC was unreal 🤩 pic.twitter.com/4QoPQM3rBmJanuary 16, 2023
Last night’s launch of USSF-67 was one of the most beautiful launches I’ve ever seen. Check out all of my photos + order prints in paper/metal/canvas from the fifth flight of Falcon Heavy → https://t.co/f8EGb33DtvThank you all for following! 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/L7oW1b3H3NJanuary 16, 2023
Falcon Heavy launches USSF-67 to orbit pic.twitter.com/WBeMBSXI6VJanuary 16, 2023
My view of Falcon Heavy launching USSF-67 at twilight, from the grounds of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse🚀 pic.twitter.com/9W9sxWhbAqJanuary 15, 2023
The primary payload on USSF-67 was a military communications satellite called Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM 2 (CBAS-2). The mission also carried five small satellites aboard a payload adapter called the Long Duration Propulsive ESPA (LDPE)-3A.
USSF-67 was the fifth Falcon Heavy launch for SpaceX, but only the second in recent months. The fourth launch of the vehicle, in November 2022, was another U.S. Space Force flight known as USSF-44. USSF-44 was the first Falcon Heavy mission in more than three years; the delay was primarily due to customer delays in getting payloads ready.
Prior to USSF-44, the other Falcon Heavy launches took place in June 2019, April 2019 and February 2018. The first flight is famous for launching SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk‘s red Tesla Roadster into orbit around the sun, sporting a mannequin nicknamed Starman in the driver’s seat.
The car is still out there in space and will likely keep flying for millions of years before crashing into either Venus or Earth, past orbit-modeling simulations have said.
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