SpaceX's First Falcon Heavy Launch for Paying Customers

Adjust Comment Print

Eastern from Space Launch Complex 39A in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, with the 6,460-kilogram Arabsat-6A.

"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 two side boosters simultaneously returned to land and the center core touched down on a drone ship hundreds of nautical miles out in the Atlantic Ocean. This flight followed the first Falcon Heavy test launch in 2018 and involved the Arabsat-6A, a Saudi Arabian communications satellite. As before, the launch could take place at any time over a window of about three hours, but if SpaceX does indeed manage to launch its massive rocket today you'll be able to watch it live right here. Last year's initial Falcon Heavy launch was a spectacle thanks in part to its test payload: Musk's cherry-red Tesla Roadster with a mannequin passenger, dubbed Starman, sitting in the driver's seat. During the rocket's first launch in 2018, the side boosters made it, but the center core missed its drone ship landing. Their return was heralded by a fusillade of sonic booms. The roads were also jammed for Wednesday night's launch attempt, which was scuttled by high wind.

SpaceX has two operational rockets: the Falcon 9, which with 21 launches in 2018 dominates the United States market, and the Falcon Heavy, which as its name suggests is created to lift much heavier payloads into more distant orbits. SpaceX employees at company headquarters in Southern California cheered every launch milestone and especially the three touchdowns.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk put his own Tesla convertible on last year's demo.

Samsung Galaxy A80 powered by Snapdragon 675 lands on Geekbench
The phone will also be Samsung's first device to launch with an all-screen display with no notch and extremely thin bezels. Samsung Galaxy M30 will be on sale in India today at 12pm on Amazon India and Samsung online shop.

Falcon Heavy Block 5 lifts off for the first time, April 11th.

However, with Musk's company intent on driving down launch costs by recycling rocket parts, the boosters for this flight may be re-used for future missions.

SpaceX typically launches Falcon 9 rockets. 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. Falcon Heavy only has five missions on its manifest so far.

Comments