CBS News described the launch and mission as follows, “A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying a suite of classified U.S. Space Force payloads blasted off on the rocket’s fourth flight Tuesday, the first for the nation’s most powerful operational launcher since 2019 and the first since then to feature spectacular side-by-side landings of its two strap-on boosters.

Partially obscured by dense fog, liftoff from historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center came at 9:41 a.m. EDT when the huge rocket’s 27 Merlin first-stage engines, nine in each of three strapped together side-by-side Falcon 9 boosters, ignited with more than 5 million pounds of thrust, the equivalent power of 18 747 jumbo jets.

After a final round of lightning-fast computer checks, the 230-foot-tall Falcon Heavy, tipping the scales at some 3.1 million pounds, was released to roar skyward, arcing away to the east over the Atlantic Ocean in a ground-shaking direct ascent to a circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator.”

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