Arabsat 6-A launch successful

Arabsat 6A on luanch pad 15 April 2019

Arabsat 6A on luanch pad 15 April 2019

SpaceX launched its massive Falcon Heavy rocket Thursday night carrying a communications satellite and, for the first time, landed all three boosters safely on land and at sea a few minutes after liftoff.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and successfully completed its first commercial mission by deploying the communications satellite Arabsat-6A into a geo-synchronous orbit. For that flight, SpaceX launched CEO Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into space, putting the Roadster on a distant path around the Sun that crosses the orbit of Mars.

The SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is large and reusable giving Musk's business the ability to bid for big commercial satellite launches and national security missions. During the heavy-lift rocket's debut launch a year ago, the first attempt to recover the center core failed. After launch, SpaceX was able to land the Falcon Heavy's two outer boosters almost simultaneously on two of the company's landing pads.

In an incredible accomplishment, the Falcon Heavy's reused side boosters landed smoothly back down to Earth on two separate launchpads about 8 minutes in. Falcon Heavy's first flight was a history-making affair.

The fairing is a piece of material that's part of the rocket's nosecone, protecting the payload, which can include things like satellites, during launch.

The US Air Force tapped SpaceX in 2018 to launch for Dollars 130 million a classified military satellite and in February added three more missions in a USD 297 million contract.

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The launch on 26 April results in an arrival at the space station for a robotic capture by Expedition 59 crew members David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Nick Hague of NASA on Sunday, 28 April at 7 am EDT for a month-long stay. The colossal rocket with its trio of boosters speeding into the sky was an awe-inspiring sight, and it was made even better when both of the side boosters made simultaneous landings back on Earth.

Ultimately, NASA decided that it would stick with the SLS to perform the mission, but Bridenstine noted that the Falcon Heavy could become a part of NASA's long-term plans in the future.

SpaceX recovered a payload fairing for the first time in 2017.

Two of the boosters landed in Cape Canaveral in Florida and the third booster landed on an off-shore drone ship.

Update April 10th, 7:30PM ET: SpaceX delayed the launch to Thursday, April 11th due to high winds.

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