Despite it being the very first test flight, things went nearly perfectly for SpaceX, and Musk's own Tesla Roadster sailed for the heavens while two Falcon-9-based side boosters landed side by side for the world to see.
Musk later revealed the third booster, brand new, slammed into the Atlantic at 300 miles per hour and missed the floating landing platform, scattering shrapnel all over the deck and knocking out two engines.
SpaceX uses drone ships as landing pads for their Falcon 9 rocket cores in the sea.
SpaceX described the Falcon heavy as "the most powerful operational rocket in the world, by a factor of two".
Musk also talked about a third drone ship for landing future rockets offshore.
Eventually, Musk hopes that Falcon Heavy will be able to take humans to Mars, and is aiming to put a person on the red planet as soon as 2024. "Fix is pretty obvious". As the year 2018 is going to be a busy year for SpaceX, the company wants to make sure that it has enough facilities for rocket landing.
SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket soars into space on February 6, 2018 after a successful debut launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The space-faring company is working on a new vessel capable of supporting booster landings, Teslarati reports, one they will call A Shortfall of Gravitas. SpaceX's other two drone ships -"Of Course I Still Love You" and "Just Read The Instructions" - are also named for ships mentioned in Banks' Culture novels. SpaceX has successfully landed multiple Falcon 9 rockets on the ship in the past.
As National Geographic reported from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, the Falcon Heavy launch is a milestone for private companies' journey into space.
"Also includes a Hot Wheels toy model Roadster on the car's dash with a mini-Starman inside, a data storage device placed inside the auto contains a copy of Isaac Asimov's 'Foundation, ' A plaque on the attachment fitting between the Falcon Heavy upper stage and the Tesla is etched with the names of more than 6,000 SpaceX employees", the description continued. Hispasat 30W-6, a commercial communications satellite, will be boosted to a geostationary transfer orbit.