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Mars boost: Successful launch for Elon Musk's reusable Falcon Heavy rocket

Mars boost: Successful launch for Elon Musk's reusable Falcon Heavy rocket”

That prompted Elon Musk to tweet succinctly, "The Falcons have landed".

After a successful launch that delivered the Arabsat-6A satellite into its planned orbit, SpaceX also succeeded in landing all three of the boosters for their Falcon Heavy rocket - a first for the private space company. Two Starlink test satellites were launched a year ago and the company hopes to launch the next set in the coming months using a Falcon 9 rocket.

The middle booster, after pushing the payload into space, returned almost 10 minutes later for a successful landing on SpaceX's seafaring drone ship 400 miles (645 km) off the Florida coast.

The ability to retrieve payload fairings is the latest step in SpaceX's creation of rocket systems that are entirely reusable.

Unfortunately, all previous attempts had failed and the fairings landed in the ocean. The Falcon Heavy's payload was the Arabsat-6A, a telecommunications satellite that will deliver television, radio, Internet, and mobile communications to the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

It appears that Mr. Steven wasn't used during yesterday's launch; instead, recovery boats were able to scoop the fairings out of the water and return them to land.

'We have landed the center core for the first time, ' a SpaceX announcer said.

The Falcon Heavy generates more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and is capable of carrying payloads of approximately 141,000 pounds into low Earth orbit.

After many delays, SpaceX was finally able to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket this week, for just the second time ever. With this deployment the Falcon Heavy, created with the goal of sending manned missions to the Moon and Mars, has successfully completed its first commercial mission.

SpaceX tries to re-use rockets, payload fairings, boosters and other parts to try to cut down on the cost of each rocket mission.

During its April 11 flight, the Falcon Heavy deployed the Arabsat-6A about 34 minutes after blast-off.

The Dragon spacecraft are used as the final stage of SpaceX missions to resupply the International Space Station. These boosters have been part of the Falcon 9 rocket for nearly a year and offer better thrust, improved landing legs and other features that make retrieval easier. On top of that, Musk tweeted at 6:31 p.m. PDT (09:31 p.m. EDT) that the two payload fairings (aka. the nose cone) had been successfully retrieved at sea.

During its first Falcon Heavy launch in February 2018, the firm landed two of the firms side boosters simultaneously on separate launchpads.



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