SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon Heavy, Lands All Three Boosters

Enlarge Image The SpaceX Falcon Heavy sits on the launchpad in Florida.                  SpaceX

Enlarge Image The SpaceX Falcon Heavy sits on the launchpad in Florida. SpaceX

The latest news is that the Falcon Heavy's payload, the Saudi Arabian Arabsat-6A heavy communications satellite, has detached in the desired orbit thereby qualifying the mission as a success.

The so-called Arabsat 6A satellite was placed into an equatorial orbit some 22,000 miles (36,000km) above the Earth.

Eight minutes after liftoff, SpaceX landed two of the first-stage boosters back at Cape Canaveral, side by side, just like it did for the rocket's debut past year. Not only did the USA launch provider successfully lift the Arabsat payload to orbit, it also successfully landed all three of its boosters back on Earth.

Arabsat-6A is a Saudi Arabian communications satellite that is created to serve the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Because this was an upgraded version of the rocket with unproven changes, SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk cautioned in advance that things might go wrong.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocket is ready for launch from Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Thursday.

The successful launch and landing were cheered on by United States space agency NASA, which congratulated the California-based rocket manufacturer. With an individual price of $6 million per, SpaceX plans to reuse these in for a Starlink mission at a later date. It has become the first commercial launch and the second ever flight for Falcon Heavy, including the test launch that took place in February 2018. It was carrying Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster with the crash dummy Starman at the wheel.

"I don't think we saw really anything in the mission so far-we've got to do the data reviews-that would preclude us from having a crewed mission later this year", Stich said.

The middle booster, after pushing the payload into space, returned almost ten minutes later for a successful landing on SpaceX's seafaring drone ship 645km off the Florida coast. The boosters for that flight may be recycled from this one.

About 34 minutes after liftoff, the shiny silver satellite was successfully deployed. So, the Falcon Heavy can deliver people to the moon and even to Mars.

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