SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket’s Arabsat-6A satellite launch was a success

Falcon Heavy launch delayed again, now targeted for Thursday evening

Falcon Heavy launch delayed again, now targeted for Thursday evening

"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. The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in use today.

SpaceX is celebrating this morning after its Falcon heavy rocket launched the Arabsat 6-A communications satellite and also achieved a triple rocket landing in the process. It said in a tweet that the next launch opportunity is Thursday.

The megarocket, which stands 230 tall, is the most powerful rocket now in operation.

An unmanned capsule from Elon Musk's SpaceX splashed into the Atlantic Ocean on March 8, successfully completing a mission crucial to NASA's long-delayed quest to resume human space flight from the United States soil later this year. The company selected Falcon Heavy in September for a mission anticipated in late 2017 or 2018.

NASA's Saturn V rockets, used for the Apollo moon shots, are the all-time launch leaders so far in size and might.

SpaceX has launched its second supersized rocket from Florida, a year after sending up a sports auto on the initial test flight. The vehicle, which was carrying a space-suited mannequin nicknamed Starman, was vaulted into outer space and is expected to orbit the sun for the foreseeable future.

And the launch came just a year and two months after the Falcon Heavy took off on its maiden voyage on February 6, 2018.

As with all SpaceX launches, this will be a livestreamed event.

Part of Falcon Heavy's appeal is the fact that its hardware is reusable.

The company's Falcon Heavy rocket can carry heavier payloads into orbit than the Falcon 9 while still maintaining a similar degree of re-usability by landing its boosters back on Earth.

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 tweeted Thursday "all weather and systems are now go", so provided the pesky Floridian weather stays that way, it should be full steam ahead.

From its geostationary orbit, Arabsat-6A will provide TV, internet, telephone, and secure communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Arabsat certainly had reasons to be cheerful, but so did satellite builder Lockheed Martin given that its LM2100 version's second flight had been upgraded with more than 20 significant modifications including new avionics and solar arrays.

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