SpaceX launches U.S.
Space Force’s first mission of 2023 on Falcon Heavy.
WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon Heavy lifted off Jan.
15 at 5:56 p.m.
Eastern from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, carrying the U.S.
Space Force USSF-67 mission to geostationary Earth orbit.
USSF-67 was the Space Force’s first national security mission of 2023 and marked Falcon Heavy’s fifth flight since its 2018 debut, as well as its second national security space launch following the Nov.
1 launch of USSF-44 .
The Falcon Heavy’s first stage is made up of three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together, with 27 engines powering the first stage and one engine in the second stage.
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About two and a half minutes after liftoff, both side boosters separated.
The second stage separated from the core stage just over four minutes after liftoff.
Both side boosters landed back at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, about eight and a half minutes after liftoff.
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