Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

SpaceX launch: WATCH incredible moment Falcon Heavy rocket LANDS back on Earth

SpaceX launch: WATCH incredible moment Falcon Heavy rocket LANDS back on Earth

More than a year later, SpaceX has now launched the 70-meter-high Falcon Heavy, created to carry more than 64 metric tonnes of cargo, with the Arabsat-6A on board. This is the first commercial launch of the "Heavy" which is boosting the Arabsat 6 Satellite. It's been over a year since SpaceX sent Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster to space.

The rocket took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. About eight minutes after liftoff, the rocket's two side boosters came back to nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for simultaneous side-by-side landings. While SpaceX has successfully recovered the booster stages before, this is the first time that it also successfully recovered the core stage. It has three rocket boosters, which are strapped together during launch and are created to then break apart and make pinpoint landings back on Earth.

SpaceX expects the Falcon Heavy launch will be held on Thursday, April 11.

The mission, called Arabsat 6A, is named for the large communications satellite that Falcon Heavy successfully launched.

In a 2018 test mission, the rocket's core booster missed the vessel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. It's nearly certainly still in orbit around the sun with a mannequin at the wheel.

SpaceX plans to launch its next Falcon Heavy later this year on a mission for the US Air Force. The company selected Falcon Heavy in September for a mission anticipated in late 2017 or 2018.

The satellite SpaceX will launch on Wednesday will update satellite coverage for Arabsat, which is based in Riyadh and delivers hundreds of television channels and radio stations to homes across the Middle East and North Africa.

The Falcon Heavy platform comprises three Falcon 9 stages.

NASA has awarded SpaceX and Boeing Co a total of $6.8 billion to build competing-rocket and capsule systems to launch astronauts into orbit from American soil, something not possible since the U.S. Space Shuttle was retired from service in 2011.

The middle booster, after pushing the payload into space, returned almost ten minutes later for a successful landing on SpaceX's seafaring drone ship 645km off the Florida coast.

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