The private space firm SpaceX is still pretty psyched about successfully landing its Falcon 9 rocket, and now the company is looking a few more steps ahead.
Eventually? They want to be able to land three of its Falcon Heavy boosters. All at once.
Ars Technica reports SpaceX has put together an environmental assessment for the potential construction of two additional landing pads to be built near the existing pad at the company's Florida facility. Ideally, SpaceX wants to have the ability to land the three first-stage boosters for the Falcon Heavy as part of its push for reusability.
Considering the company hasn't even put the Falcon Heavy through a test flight, that's certainly some optimistic planning.
The company is also mapping out plans for a Dragon capsule processing facility for the company's Dragon 2 spacecraft — which makes sense, considering that ship should start ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in a year or so.
SpaceX hopes to start construction on everything in the spring. If the project doesn't get approval, they’ll just splash down the other phases in the Atlantic Ocean.
Once the Falcon heavy rocket is tested and operational, SpaceX hopes to launch Falcon Heavies around six times per year ... so all those landing sites should definitely come in handy.
(Via Ars Technica)