2.5-Minute Falcon Heavy Video Depicts Synchronized Booster Landings

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The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is not slated to make its launch debut  any sooner than July.

But thanks to this two-and-a-half minute animated video SpaceX released Jan. 27, you don’t have to wait to see what this behemoth might look like when it lifts off from Kennedy Space Center’s storied Space Launch Complex-39A.

The Falcon Heavy consists of three Falcon 9 rocket cores powered by 27 Merlin 1D engines. In the video above, all three of those cores return to the launch pad under their own power for a synchronized series of graceful, pinpoint landings.

 

In the video below, which SpaceX founder Elon Musk, graciously released Jan. 16, we see actual footage of a Falcon 9 first stage making a not-so-graceful attempt to land on a hard surface for the first time.