SpaceX's most powerful Falcon Heavy launches successfully on its first commercial mision

SpaceX's most powerful Falcon Heavy launches successfully on its first commercial mision

About 34 minutes after lift-off, the high-capacity telecommunications satellite will be deployed to the stars to hopefully deliver television, radio, internet, and mobile communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has conducted its second flight on Thursday, April 11, carrying its first customer payload: the Arabsat-6A communications satellite into space.

"The Falcons have landed" Elon Musk wrote on Twitter, inaugurating the first successful recovery of all three rocket boosters, which will be refurbished and re-fly in another Falcon Heavy mission this summer to carry a swarm of military and science satellites for the Air Force.

SpaceX has successfully landed all three of its Falcon Heavy boosters back on Earth for the first time.

Enlarge / The Falcon Heavy fires its 27 engines on the way to space. Built by Lockheed Martin, Arabsat 6A is the largest and most powerful commercial satellite Lockheed martin has ever produced. During the heavy-lift rocket's debut launch a year ago, the first attempt to recover the center core failed.

The rocket is expected to be used primarily for U.S. military missions, and to launch spy satellites and hefty commercial telecom satellites. As before, the launch could take place at any time over a window of about three hours, but if SpaceX does indeed manage to launch its massive rocket today you'll be able to watch it live right here.

SpaceX will be hoping for a successful retrieval of all boosters as Falcon Heavy sets its sights on a second launch later this year.

SpaceX and Boeing Co are vying to send humans to space from USA soil for the first time in almost a decade under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

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



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