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

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Eight minutes after takeoff, the spaceflight company landed the Falcon Heavy's side boosters at the company's two landing zones at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket yesterday, ferrying the Arabsat-6A satellite to geosynchronous orbit in its first commercial mission. It was the first time the company had landed all three boosters for Falcon Heavy.

About 34 minutes after liftoff, the shiny silver satellite was successfully deployed.

SpaceX accomplished its primary mission of launching the Arabsat-6A telecommunication satellite late this afternoon from famed Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

In its turn, Russian Rocket and Space Corporation Energia announced plans to develop a super-heavy-lift launch vehicle using existing components back in 2016.

Back in February 2018, the test payload was SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster with a mannequin nicknamed Starman in the driver's seat.

And smooth it was: All three of the Falcon's rockets guided themselves home once they'd served their objective.

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When did SpaceX launch the Falcon rocket?

"Three for three boosters today", a SpaceX webcast commentator said.

So, the mission was a success, but the Falcon Heavy itself is much more interesting than another satellite in orbit.

The satellite is created to provide television, internet, telephone, and secure communications to customers in the Middle East.

In Falcon Heavy's first launch, in February 2018, a dummy dubbed Starman was placed behind the wheel of Musk's roadster, which is now orbiting the Sun somewhere between Earth and Mars.

Lockheed Martin built the satellite, along with a second one, for Arabsat as part of a batch of contracts worth $650 million. It went off without a hitch.

Both rocket fairings from the two Falcons were recovered in the ocean, which the SpaceX boss said will be reused at a later date for future SpaceX missions.

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