President Trump Congratulates SpaceX on Falcon Heavy Rocket Success

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When SpaceX launched a hulk Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday (Feb. 6), President Donald Trump was apparently watching.

In a congratulatory Twitter post, Trump hailed SpaceX and a CEO Elon Musk for the successful Falcon Heavy exam flight from here during NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as a apex of American progress. The rocket is a world’s many absolute booster, able of lifting twice a cargo of a nearest competitor, a Delta IV Heavy rocket built by a United Launch Alliance.

“Congratulations @ElonMusk and @SpaceX on a successful #FalconHeavy launch,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “This achievement, along with @NASA’s blurb and general partners, continues to uncover American skill during a best!”  [In Photos: SpaceX’s 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket Test Launch Success!]

The Falcon Heavy in moody on Feb. 6, 2018.

Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX’s initial Falcon Heavy rocket carried off from NASA’s ancestral Launch Pad 39A during KSC, sending Musk’s possess Tesla Roadster into space with a mannequin “Starman” in a driver’s seat. Two of a rocket’s 3 first-stage boosters returned to Earth for a successful landing. The executive core crashed into a Atlantic Ocean 100 meters divided from a droneship alighting pad when usually one of 3 engines lighted in a final alighting burn.

After a launch, Musk pronounced a Falcon Heavy launch was a vital success, notwithstanding a detriment of a core core. SpaceX did not devise to reuse that booster, he added.

In December, a Trump administration directed NASA to lapse astronauts to a moon underneath a new Space Policy Directive 1. Commercial space companies and general partners will play a purpose in that effort, according to a chit expelled by a White Houce Dec. 11.

In 2017, Musk primarily served on 3 White House advisory councils, but he quit final May after Trump pulled a U.S. out of a Paris Climate Accord. Musk served on Trump’s production jobs legislature and infrastructure council, as good as a president’s vital and process forum.

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