SpaceX has launched Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful active rocket, into space once again after over three years.

According to CNET, on November 1 at 9.43 a.m. ET (7.13 p.m. IST), the Falcon Heavy mission, known as USSF 44, lifted off from pad 39-A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center with a military micro-satellite prototype named TETRA-1 and a larger, unconfirmed satellite.

The rocket’s side boosters returned for a successful, nearly simultaneous landing not far from the launch pad less than 10 minutes after liftoff. After launching a classified payload into orbit for the US Space Force, the central core booster was disposed of in the ocean.

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The mission was originally scheduled for 2020, but it has been delayed due to payload problems, it added.

The last Falcon Heavy mission in 2019 served as a test of the rocket’s reliability for national security missions for the Air Force.

This rocket is made up of three Falcon 9 boosters bolted together for a force three times that of a Falcon 9. Despite the configuration being less powerful than NASA’s delayed Artemis I Space Launch System or the Starship and Super Heavy will eventually be, it’s the most powerful rocket in operation today.

The landed side boosters could be used once more in a subsequent mission for national security, according to SpaceX. Although another Falcon Heavy launch of a commercial satellite is scheduled to occur as early as December, reports CNET.

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