SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

This still image from video courtesy of SpaceX shows the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Liftoff was scheduled for Wednesday evening from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but SpaceX postponed the launch.

When the rocket flew past year, its two side boosters made synchronized landings on side-by-side ground pads in Florida. In the 2018 test mission, Heavy's core booster missed the vessel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

It was the first time the company had landed all three boosters for Falcon Heavy.

At 34 minutes after takeoff, the Arabsat-6A satellite was deployed to orbit in what was the Falcon Heavy's first commercial mission.

The job was to place the six-ton Arabsat-6A satellite into geostationary orbit about 22,500 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the Earth.

SpaceX has two operational rockets: the Falcon 9, which with 21 launches in 2018 dominates the USA market, and the Falcon Heavy, which as its name suggests is created to lift much heavier payloads into more distant orbits.

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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.

Introducing a new ultra-powerful rocket has allowed SpaceX to compete directly with arch rival United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, for lucrative government contracts that require heavy-lift launch vehicles.

The YouTube window below will go live shortly before the launch window opens, assuming SpaceX doesn't push it back at the last minute.

The satellite aims to provide communications to people in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

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.

Though Falcon Heavy's inaugural launch ultimately went off without a hitch, SpaceX will now have to repeat that success with the added risk of carrying a multimillion dollar satellite. The Falcon Heavy has three boosters with 27 Merlin liquid-propellant engines in total, giving it more than 5 million pounds of thrust-the most for a launch since the Saturn V rocket last used for Apollo moon missions in early 1970s.

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