Thursday, 25 April, 2019

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket takes off for first commercial flight

Enlarge Image The SpaceX Falcon Heavy sits on the launchpad in Florida.                  SpaceX Enlarge Image The SpaceX Falcon Heavy sits on the launchpad in Florida. SpaceX
Cary Marshall | 14 April, 2019, 20:11

Falcon Heavy's debut flight previous year attracted massive attention, in part because CEO Elon Musk chose to launch his own luxury Tesla Roadster as the test payload.

Its successful landing of the center core from a Falcon Heavy is a relief for SpaceX after a similar attempt ended in disaster a year ago.

Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy's two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a synchronized landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, sparking boisterous cheers from SpaceX engineers in the company's Hawthorne, California headquarters.

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. "Three for three boosters today on Falcon Heavy, what an unbelievable accomplishment".

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

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SpaceX designed the Falcon line with reusability in mind, and this makes them more affordable in comparison to the competition.

It was a crucial milestone in the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Commercial Crew Program ahead of SpaceX's first crewed test flight slated to launch in July with U.S. astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.

The Arabsat 6A Satellite - the last of Arabsat's sixth generation satellites - was successfully launched yesterday morning by Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy, from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. The company launched the rocket on a test mission previous year.

On Falcon Heavy's maiden voyage into space in February 2018, an estimated 100,000 visitors came to watch.

The Falcon Heavy platform comprises three Falcon 9 stages. This telecommunications satellite will service areas of Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The SpaceX launch, which also happened to be the Heavy's second-ever flight, delivered a Saudi Arabian satellite into space. However, this time, the center core also landed on a drone ship at sea, meaning that SpaceX recovered the entirety of its first stage. Before the rocket finally launched more than two years later, Musk suggested to several news outlets, including CNN, that the rocket could explode.

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