SpaceX’s successful launch early Tuesday morning placed 24 satellites in three different orbits and marked the first time the Falcon Heavy side boosters had been reused.
According to SpaceX, “The Space and Missile Systems Center teamed with multiple commercial, national, and international mission partners for the historic DoD Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) launch.
SMC procured the mission to provide spaceflight for advanced research and development satellites from multiple DoD research laboratories, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and universities.”
Just over two and a half minutes from launch, the twin side boosters separate from the core and begin their powered descent to landing.
By 13 minutes into the mission, the spacecraft has already begun deploying satellites.
Altogether, the mission launched all 24 satellites in three and a half hours.
SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 mission on July 21, acting as the UPS guy for the International Space Station.