This successful landing of the three rocket parts represents a new step in the trajectory of the company, owned by billionaire busineesman Elon Musk, whose policy is to re-use rockets in order to reduce the cost of space travel. This came just 14 months after the inaugural launch that saw the rocket successfully send a Tesla Roadster (with Spaceman) into orbit, followed by the retrieval of two of its boosters afterward - which pulled off a near-synchronous landing!
And even before that point, SpaceX was already celebrating the successful landing of Falcon Heavy's three individual boosters.More news: Airbnb Reverses Ban on Listings for Illegal Israeli Settlements
SpaceX also managed to make history by landing three boosters back on Earth for the first time. After a 24-hour delay due to weather, the rocket launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 6:35 p.m. local time.
The Arabsat 6A is a modern communications satellite developed by Lockheed Martin for Arabsat, an organisation founded by the Arab League in 1976 to provide telecommunications services to the region.
Falcon Heavy lifted off yesterday from Cape Canaveral in Florida and successfully delivered its cargo into orbit.More news: Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith dies aged 74
Unfortunately, the fairing halves have proven hard to recover. While many SpaceX fairings have been pulled from the water over the years and put back into service, the ultimate goal is to avoid having to refurbish the components to deal with corrosion caused by salt water - which is expensive and time-consuming. Almost half an hour after taking off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Falcon Heavy, the satellite separated from the rocket and was placed in a geo-synchronous orbit where it will remain for years.
The latest launch marked the first time Falcon Heavy flies using the new Block 5 hardware, which is created to last longer than previous versions without the need for refurbishment.
SpaceX is now testing a system to recover the fairings of its Falcon 9 rockets. The Falcon Heavy's center core landed on the droneship "Of Course I Still Love You" stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, an improvement on the first launch in February 2018, in which the rocket's center core missed the droneship and crashed into the ocean.More news: Chevron pumped up over $50bn acquisition of Anadarko
SpaceX and Boeing Co are also vying to send humans to space from US soil for the first time in almost a decade under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.