Falcon Heavy: SpaceX Faced Key Test In Launch Of Its Biggest Rocket

Falcon Heavy: SpaceX Faced Key Test In Launch Of Its Biggest Rocket

Falcon Heavy: SpaceX Faced Key Test In Launch Of Its Biggest Rocket

SpaceX has carried out its first commercial launch with its Falcon Heavy rocket tasked with placing a Saudi satellite in orbit.

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

Eight minutes after takeoff, the spaceflight company landed the Falcon Heavy's side boosters at the company's two landing zones at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The core booster landed two minutes later on an ocean platform hundreds of miles offshore.

"The Falcons have landed" he 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.

Balkheyour said Arabsat chose the Falcon Heavy in order to extend the lifespan of the Arabsat-6A satellite beyond the 15 years a geostationary communications satellite is typically created to last. "Three for three boosters today on Falcon Heavy, what an incredible accomplishment".

Since then, the United States military and private clients have signed contracts for Falcon Heavy launches, and NASA has raised the possibility it may use the rocket for its planned missions to the Moon. Last year's test flight put a sports auto - Musk's own Tesla - convertible into space.

The Roadster is thought to be on the other side of the sun from us right now, about three-quarters of the way around its first solar orbit, said senior analyst at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Jon Giorgini. As such, this marks the first commercial mission for SpaceX's powerful rocket.

Until SpaceX came along, rocket boosters were usually discarded in the ocean after satellite launches. It will include coverage of the landing attempts and satellite deploy.

The satellite aims to provide communications to people in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine last month suggested possibly using a Falcon Heavy - and another company's big rocket - to get the space agency's Orion capsule around the moon, minus a crew, in 2020. Falcon Heavy only has five missions on its manifest so far.

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