This Is the Future: SpaceX successfully sends Saudi satellite into orbit

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launches Successfully Rockets Recovered

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launches Successfully Rockets Recovered

After a few delays, SpaceX launched its second Falcon Heavy rocket yesterday evening.

The launch was an important for SpaceX as this was only the second time the Falcon Heavy has launched and the first with a paying customer. And as a piece de resistance, all three rocket cores autonomously landed themselves back on Earth and will soon be ready to fly again.

The rocket is getting all the attention, but SpaceX wasn't just launching it for fun.

"Arabsat-6A is a high-capacity telecommunications satellite that will deliver television, radio, Internet, and mobile communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe", SpaceX said in a Arabsat-6A mission description. "From our iconic launch pads at NASAKennedy, we will continue to support the growing commercial space economy", NASA tweeted.

The Falcon Heavy was poised to blast off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday night with a communication satellite. This time, everything went off without a hitch.

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The landing happened roughly eight minutes after the rocket took off into orbit and was followed by the core rocket stage landing on a SpaceX droneship in the Atlantic.

Last year, SpaceX was able to land two of the Falcon Heavy's boosters, with the third one crashing into the ocean at 300 miles per hour. SpaceX then recovered all three of the boosters back on Earth, achieving a feat it wasn't able to pull off in the rocket's demonstration flight past year. These rockets are optimized for reusability, offering quicker turnarounds for refurbishment and re-flight.

This rocket is by far the most powerful operational launch vehicle in the world. SpaceX already has another Falcon Heavy launch planned for June, a US Air Force mission called STP-2 that consists of dozens of small satellites.

Nearby beaches and other prime viewing spots were packed with tourists and locals eager to catch not just the launch but the rare and dramatic return of twin boosters, accompanied by sonic booms.

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