SpaceX Lands All Three Falcon Heavy Rocket Boosters Successfully

SpaceX Lands All Three Falcon Heavy Rocket Boosters Successfully

"T plus 33 seconds into flight, under the power of 5.1 million pounds of thrust, Falcon Heavy is headed to space", SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said on a livestream.

The historic launch was watched by millions around the globe thanks to Mr Musk's body decision to mount a cherry-red Tesla sports auto as the rocket's payload.

The Falcon Heavy had been scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday but that was delayed because of strong winds in the upper atmosphere.

The Falcon-Heavy rocket was launched at 22:35 (GMT) 11th April 2019, carrying Arabsat 6A satellite, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, to be placed in the exclusive orbit of Arabsat 30.5 degrees East. That's why the second-ever launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket - and the first to carry a payload for a paying customer - was a key milestone for SpaceX. Another important distinction: All three of the Falcon Heavy boosters returned safely to Earth.

SpaceX designed the Falcon line with reusability in mind, and this makes them more affordable in comparison to the competition.

NASA offered swift congratulations, tweeting: "From our iconic launch pads at @NASAKennedy, we will continue to support the growing commercial space economy".

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In a 2018 test mission, the rocket's core booster missed the vessel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. One of the best traits of Falcon 9 is the reusability since the first stage of the rocket will always return to Earth.

Falcon Heavy has already been chosen for a few contracts, including a $130 million contract to launch an Air Force satellite that was awarded just four months after its inaugural flight in February 2018. The red Roadster - with a mannequin at the wheel - remains in a solar orbit stretching just past Mars.

"We needed more lifetime for the satellite, so we had the option: Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy, and we chose to go with Falcon Heavy", he said. The company launched the rocket on a test mission a year ago.

The satellite is created to provide television, internet, telephone, and secure communications to customers in the Middle East.

The satellite will be deployed approximately 34 minutes after liftoff.

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