SpaceX seeks two more pads for returning 1st stages


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The competition heats up: SpaceX is asking for permission to establish two more landing pads so that it will have the capability of landing three first stages all within minutes of each other.

“SpaceX expects to fly Falcon Heavy for the first time later this year,” the company said in a statement responding to questions. “We are also seeking regulatory approval to build two additional landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. We hope to recover all three Falcon Heavy rockets, though initially we may attempt drone ship landings” at sea.

This news suggests two things: 1. The first Falcon Heavy launch is definitely coming soon. 2. They are going to try to return all three 1st stages during that first launch.

2 comments

  • t-dub

    Watching the recovery of 3 first stages from Falcon 9 Heavy would be incredible! I can’t wait!

  • wodun

    Watching the recovery of 3 first stages from Falcon 9 Heavy would be incredible!

    It will take some clever positioning to find a location to get all of them in frame for one of those awesome time lapse pics.

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