Tuesday saw the launch of the first Falcon Heavy mission in more than three years by Elon Musk's SpaceX. The Falcon Heavy is the tallest and most potent rocket currently in use.
As the first operational national security mission for Falcon Heavy, SpaceX's rocket is carrying the top-secret USSF-44 mission for the American Space Force.
The Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission, was launched in June 2019, included experimental satellites as part of a demonstration flight for the Pentagon.
The mission departed from a launchpad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:41 a.m. ET.
With Tuesday's mission being the company's record-breaking 50th launch of the year,
SpaceX is still launching its Falcon series of rockets at a rapid clip. However, the corporation continues to build on the even bigger Starship rockets it hopes will eventually take their place.